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The volumes issued in this series up to date are the fu'lowing: — 

I. Otsego County, New York. 

II. Madison County, New York. 

III. Broome County, New York. 

IV. Columbia Countv, New York. 
V. Cayuga County, New York. 

VI. Delaware County, New Y .uk. 

VII. Livingston and Wyoming Counties, 
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VIII. Clinton AND Essex Counties, New York. 

IX. Hampden County, Massaciiusetis. 

X. Franklin County, Massachusetts. 

XI. Hampshire County, Massachusetts. 

XII. Litchfield County, CoNNiicTicur. 

XIII. York County, Maine. 


XVI. Cu.mbe.;lani) Cnuxiv, New Jersey. 


X\'1II. Plymouth County, Massachusetts. 
XIX. Camden and Burlington Counties, 
New Jersey. 
XX. Sagadaho,:, Lincoln, Knox, and 
\\'aldo Counties, Maine. 
XXI. Strafford and Belknap Counties, 

New Hampshire. 
XXII. Sullivan and Merri.mack Counties, 
New Hampshire. 

NoTF.. — All the biographical sketches published in this volume were submitted to their respective subjects or to the sub- 
scriljers, from whom the facts were primarily obtained, for their approval or correction before going to press ; and a reasonable 
time was allowed in each case for the return of the tyjjewritten copies. Most of them were returned to lis within the time allotted, 
or before the work was printed, after being corrected or revised ; and these may therefore he regarded as reasonably accurate. 

A few, however, were not returned to us; and, as we have no means of knowing whether they contain errors or not, we 
cannot vouch for their accuracy. In justice to our readers, and to render this woik more valuable for reference purjioses, we have 
indicated uncorrected sketches by a small asterisk (*), placed iminediate'y after the name of the subjuct. 'I'hey will all be 
found on the last pages of the book. 

II. R. I'L'li. CO. 
Ski'TKMIii;k, 1897. 


Tllli character and contents of this up-to-date volume of biography are indicated 
on the title-page; its ]jlace in the series we arc publishing is elsewhere shown. 
.\n index at the end renders easy of reference the book, ample te.xt 
niav be trusted to furnish many an answer to the question of " Who's who.'" in Sulli- 
van and Merrimack Counties to-dav. 

"Life is real! life is earnest!" The New England psalmist sings a true note: 
New England people as a rule have been accustomed to take life earnestly, to improve 
its opportunities for advancement and enlargement, for using and strengthening 
native talent, for developing the resources of their rugged region, for cultivating the 
sterner human \irtues, — woi'king manfully and womanfully in various fields and 
diverse ways to "leave the world better" than they found it. The name and fame of 
not a few New Englanders of worth and inlluence in Colonial and later times have 
been preserved in historv; but of manv others it can only be said that, beyond a name 
and a date or two that have rewarded the laljors of the genealogist, thev have left no 
memorial. Efforts are being made by the present generation to give honor where 
honor is due, to testify its regard for living and for recently departed worthies by 
making and keeping a fuller record of indi\-iduals who have distinguished themselves 
by usefulness in word and deed, brave rjbuke of wrong, and gallant championship of 
justice and right, — persons who have earned the title of public benefactors. Due at 
once to all such, clear statement of fact and grateful appreciation, the future, when it 
will, mav rear the monumental stone. 






ON. DANiin, vvj;nsi];k, i.i.i). 

■ With rarest gifts of lieart and liead 
From manliest stock inherited, 
i\c\v England's stateliest ty|)0 of man.' 


]!(irn oil January i.S, 1782, in Sal- 
j^ io,\x isbury, N.H., Daniel Webster was 
^J/ the younger son of Captain I'^ben- 

^-^ ezer \Vel:ister by his second wife, 

Abigail I'^.astnian. Mis father was a son of 
l-'benezer second, grandson of Ebenezer first, 
anil great-grandson of Thomas Webster, of 
Ormsby, Norfolk County, England, who was an 
early settler in Hampton, N. H. Captain Eben- 
ezer Webster is saitl to have inherited from his 
mother, Mrs. Susannah B. Webster, who was a 
descendant of the l^ev. Stephen Bachiler and 
"a woman of uncommon strength of understand- 
ing," some of his most prominent mental and 
physical traits. He has been characterized as 
a "perfect example of a strong-mindeii, un- 
lettered man, of sound common-sense, correct 
judgment, and tenacious rnemory. " He com- 
manded a company in the Revolution, and 
later in life was a Colonel in the State mi- 
litia. A farmer by occupation, he also held 
the office of "side justice" in the Court of 
Common I'leas. liy his first wife he had five 
children, namely: two that died young, Susan- 
nah, Davitl, and Joseph ; and by his second 
five, as follows: Mehitable, Abigail, Ezekiel, 
Daniel, and Sarah. In 1783 Captain Webster 
removed from the homestead where the early 

years of his married life hat! iieen spent to 
]<>lms Farm, as later known, in that part f)f the 
town of .Salisbiny, N. II., that is now I'rank- 
lin, Merrimack Coimty. 

Physically frail, the yotmg child Daniel 
here passed his time for the next few years 
mostly in healthful [day, learning at home to 
read the Bible so early and easily that in after 
life he could never remember when and .how 
he did it. He attended the district schools 
a ntmiber of terms; was nine months a pupil 
at Phillips E.xeter Academy; studied under 
Dr. Wood at lioscawen, N. H., also a brief 
time with another tutor; and, entering Dart- 
mouth College in 1797, was graduated in 
1 801. In 1800, a youth of eighteen in his 
Junior year, he delivered a Fourth of July ora- 
tion at Hanover, N. II. Studying law at 
Salisbury and in the office of Christojiher Gore 
in Boston, in the meantime earning money liy 
teaching and by copying deeds in I-'ryeburg, 
Me., to help his brother Ezekiel defray col- 
lege expenses, Mr. Webster was admitted to 
the bar in Boston in 1805. Returning to New 
Hampshire to be near his father, whose health 
was failing, he lived the life of a country 
lawyer in Boscavven, his ])ractice extending 
over three counties. In 1S07, his brother 
Ezekiel taking his place in Boscawen and 
assuming charge of the home farm, their 
father having died in 1806, he removed to 
Portsmouth, N.ll., where he rapidly rose to 
prominence in his profession and in politics. 


Elected to Congress in 1812, he took his seat 
in the following May, his term ending March 
4, I Si 7. He had changed his residence to 
Boston, Mass., in 18 16; and there he devoted 
himself to his lucrative law practice till De- 
cember, 1823, when he again became a mem- 
ber of Congress. He was chosen Senator in 
1827, and from that time on till his death, 
which occurred at Marshfield, Mass., October 
24, 1852, with short intervals of retirement, 
he served his country either in the Senate or 
in the Cabinet, easily "the first lawyer and 
the first statesman " in the land. 

Mr. Webster had five children, all by his 
first wife, Grace Fletcher. The three who 
grew to maturity were: Colonel Fletcher, who 
was killed at the second battle of 13ull Run in 
August, 1862; Julia, i\Irs. Samuel A. Apple- 
ton, who died in April, 1 84S ; and Major Ed- 
ward, who died in Mexico in January, 1848. 
Mrs. Appleton left four children, the eldest a 
daughter Caroline, who married in 1S71, for 
her second husband, Jerome Napoleon Bona- 
]iarte, of Baltimore, and is now a widow re- 
siding in Washington, D. C. Mr. Webster's 
first wife died in January, 1S28; and in De- 
cember, 1829, he married Miss Caroline 
Le Roy, of New York, who survived him. 

From a recent article in the Daily Mirror 
we glean some interesting particulars concern- 
ing "beautiful Grace Fletcher," of whom 
little has been written by the biographers of 
Mr. Webster. She was born in Hopkinton, 
N.I I., in 1 78 1, a daughter of the Rev. Elijah 
I-'letcher. Her father died in 1786; and her 
mother married the Rev. Christopher I'age, 
who succeeded him as pastor of the Congi'ega- 
tional church at Hoj^kinton, but in 1789 re 
moved to Pittsfield, N.H., where he remained 
till 1796, and where his son James W. was 
born. Grace T'letchcr's scliool days ended 
when she left Atkinson Academy at the age of 

eighteen. At the home of her sister Rebecca, 
wife of Judge Kelley, of Salisbury, she met 
Daniel Webster, then a rising young lawyer of 
Portsmouth. Acquaintance soon ripened into 
love; and they were married in Judge Kelley's 
parlor, June 10, 1S08. "They at once estab- 
lished and maintained for nine years a humble 
home at Portsmouth, winning the love and 
respect of all associates. Mrs. Webster, with 
her superior grace and beauty, inherited ability 
and intellectual accomplishments, was equal to 
all occasions, never discouraged, proud of her 
husband's success, but not unduly elated. 
Oneen at home or in the i)ublic drawing- 
room, she met the most distinguished men of 
the time. " She was much attached to the pict- 
uresque town of Pittsfield, and was accustomed 
to make long visits to her sister there, Mrs. 

Mr. Webster retained to the last the love 
for farm life, which was doubtless born with 
him, but was mainly developed, it would seem, 
after his mental faculties had attained their 
growth and had long had full play. About 
two years after the death of his brother 
Ezekiel, in April, 1829, he became the owner 
of the old home place in Franklin; and to this 
he added by purchase other lands, so that 
I*21ms Farm came to be a valuable estate of 
about one thousand acres with many improve- 
ments. It was long under the management of 
a tenant farmer from Massachusetts, John 
Taylor by name, to whom Mr. Webster was 
wont to write directions like the following, 
which we quote from a letter in Mr. Lanman's 
book on his Private Life, dated March 17, 
1852 : "Whatever ground j'oii sow or ]ilant, see 
that it is in good condition. We want no/c«- 
nyroyal crops. . . . Be sure to produce suffi- 
cient quantities of useful vegetables. A man 
may half supjiort his family from a gootl gar- 
den. " In 1839 Mr. Webstei', having sold his 

lUOGkAl'llKAI, kK\||-;\V 

liDiisf in liostiin, icmovocl with iiis family {<> 
his estate of about two tlioiisaiul acres in the 
town of Marshficlcl, Mass. Tlicic he freely 
and expensively inikilgecl his a,L;rieiiltural 
tastes and his hospitality, and from both de- 
rived great enjoyment. 

'I'o retuin now to Mr. Webster's public life. 
I'^irst, perhaps, auKjni^ his memorable ad- 
dresses should be named his "Rejily to 
Ilayne " in the Senate Chamber, January 26, 
1830, which has been pronounced "ne.vt to the 
Constitution the most correct and complete 
exposition of the true powers and functions of 
the l""edeial government," a speech "replete 
with eloquence and ])ower, clear in statement, 
grand in language, irresistible in argument." 
One of the grandest mementos in I-'aneuil 
Hall, l?(3ston, is the painting by Mealy, which 
reijroduccs the scene of that matchless elo- 
(|uence. There is no cjuestioning the fact, 
and it cannot be too strongly emphasized, that 
"Mr. Webster was thoroughly national," with 
"no taint of sectionalism or narrow local 
prejudice about him." As a diplomatist he 
rendered eminent service to the country, en- 
titling him to honorable fame and lasting 
gratitude. Not to speak of his great forensic 
efforts and numerous forceful occasional 
speeches, his Bi-centennial Discourse at 
Plymouth, the two Bunker Hill Addresses and 
the luilogy on Adams and Jefferson are recog- 
nized triumphs of American oratory. In his 
famous /th of March speech, 1850, it has been 
said, "he broke from his jiast and closed his 
jjublic career with a terrible mistake." A 
more generous-minded critic argues that his 
course on that occasion was "consistent with 
his whole career in postjDoning all other con- 
siderations to the supreme need of saving the 
Union." And Whittier, whose muse had 
earlier made bitter lamentation over de[)arted 
ghiry, reviewing in the calm eventide of life 

the great conflict for Union and Liberty, 
which sad concessions had availed not to slay, 
recognizing Mr. Webster's rich eruiowment, 
his jjower to call out the might of men in 
noble cause, offers gracious tribute to the 
sleeper by the "lonely northern .sea, where 
long and low the marsh-lands spread " : — 

"Wise men and strong wc did not lack: 
liut .still, willi nicmory turning back. 
In the (lark hours we thouglu of thee, 
And thy lone grave beside the sea. 

■ But where thy native mountains bare 
I'lieir foreheads to diviner air, 
l-it emblem of enduring fame. 
One lofty summit keeps thy name, 
l-'or thee the cosmic forces did 
The rearing of that pyramid. 
The prescient ages shaping with 
Fire, flood, and frost thy monolith. 
-Sunrise and sun.set lay thereon 
With hands of light their benison, 
The stars of midnight pause to set 
Their jewels in its coronet. 
And evermore that mountain mass 
.Seems climbing from the shadowy 
']■<) light, as if to manifest 
Thy nobler self, thy life at best!" 

ILLIAM p. I-;GGLKST0NE, one of 
the leading agriculturists of Plain- 
field, Sullivan County, was born in 
this town, November 5, 1826, son of Colonel 
Charles and Betsey (Fullum) Egglestone. 
His maternal great-grandfather, Samuel Will- 
iams, moved with his family, in 1759, fi'oni 
Connecticut to New Hampshire, where, hav- 
ing cleared a farm, he cultivated it for the rest 
of his active period. Samuel married Sarah 
Lawrence, who was a descendant of John Law- 
rence, one of the "Mayflower " Pilgrims. 

Samuel Egglestone, the paternal grandfather 
of William V., and a native of Connecticut, 


served as a soldier in tlie Revolutionary War. 
After his discharge from the army he resumed 
farming in Plainfield. He was twice married. 
His first wife, whose maiden name is unknown, 
bore him one son, Samuel (second). When 
he returned home from the war, his wife was 
dead, and his boy had disappeared without 
leaving any trace. Many years afterward an 
account, published by the local newspapers, of 
how one Samuel Egglestone, an aged farmer, 
had mowed half an acre of land before break- 
fast, was extensively copied throughout New 
England. It was seen by his son, then forty 
years old, who, thinking that it might be his 
father, came to Plainfield and met him. Sam- 
uel Egglestone (second) married, and had nine 
children. His father wedded for his second 
wife Phoebe Williams, daughter of Samuel 
Williams, of Plainfield. By this union there 
were four children — Simon, Sibyl, Charles, 
and Zeruah. Simon resided in Vermont, and 
reared a family. Sibyl became the wife of 
Charles Eivermore, of "Hartland, Vt. ; and 
Judge Livermore of that State was one of her 
sons. Zeruah, who became Mrs. Keyes, re- 
sided in the West, and had one son. 

Colonel Charles Egglestone, William P. 
I''gglestone's father, was born and reared in 
Plainfield. After leaving school, he learned 
the carjjenter's trade, and later became a 
well-known contractor and builder. He 
erected several school-houses, academies, and 
other public buildings in New Hampshire and 
Vermont, besides many ]]rivate residences. 
The house and farm buildings which are now 
owned by his son, William P., were erected 
by him in 1842. He .served in the War of 
1812, and was later commissioned Colonel of 
the I'"ifteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Vol 
unteer Militia. Though not active in puliti- 
cal affairs, he served with ability as a member 
of the Poard (jf .Selectmen and in other town 

offices. In his religious views he was a Con- 
gregational ist. Colonel Charles Egglestone 
died June 25, 1858. His wife, Betsey, whom 
he married in 1812, was born in Eitzwilliam, 
N.H. She became the mother of nine chil- 
dren, born as follows: Lorenzo, October 30, 
1812; Lucinda, August 11, 1S15; ErancisF., 
August 6, 1817; Mary Ann, June 27, 1820; 
Sarah, April 23, 1822; William P., the sub- 
ject of this sketch; Ai, November 16, 1829; 
Henry, March 4, 1832; and Helen M., Oc- 
tober 23, 1835. Lorenzo, who is no longer 
living, was a machinist, and followed that call- 
ing in Cambridge and Boston, Mass. He 
married Elizabeth Lamarau, of Rochester, 
N.Y., and had a family of si.x children. Lu- 
cinda married Raymond Page, of Sjiringfield, 
Vt., and had two children. P^rancis F. went 
to Chicago, and engaged in manufacturing fur- 
niture. He married P"anny Laughton, and 
had a family of nine children, of whom the 
survivors are two sons, now carrying on the 
business established by their father. Mary 
Ann married S. F. Redfield, a tailor of Clare- 
mont, N. H., and had seven children. Sarah 
married Daniel Kenyon, a farmer of Clare- 
mont, and had four children, two of whom are 
living. Ai served in the Civil War as a mem- 
ber of the Sixth Regiment, Massachusetts Vol- 
unteers, and afterward settled in Blooniington, 
111., where he died. He married Speedy B. 
Farrington, of Claremont, N.H., and was the 
father of three children, one of whom is living. 
Henry was engaged in the furniture business 
in Chicago. He married Isabella Laughton, 
who bore him four children,' three of whom are 
living. Plelen M. became the wife of George 
T. Avery, a prosperous farmer of Plainfield, 
antl had one son, who is still living. Mrs. 
Charles I-^gglestone died May i, i 868. 

William P. Egglestone began his education 
in the connnon schools of Plainliehl, and com- 

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]i1l'Ici1 liis slndics at the high school in Ilarl- 
land, Vt. When a young man he learned the 
cabinet-maker's trade in Hoston. From Bos- 
ton he went to Iowa, and later settled in 
Chicago, where he followed his trade for a 
number of years. When paying a visit to his 
]iarents, his father dietl. He was then pre- 
vailed upon by his mother to take charge of 
the farm, and he has since remainerl at the 
homestead. lie has a large and ]iroductive 
farm, which affords him ample opportunity for 
the raising of superior crojjs. He also has a 
dairy. For twenty years he was engaged in 
the manufacture of caskets; and he was an 
undertaker until i8go, when he gave up the 
business on account of failing healtli. Mr. 
Egglestone has acceptably served the commu- 
nity in some of the town ofifices. He attends 
the Congregational church. 

Mr. Egglestone married Caroline V. Seaver, 
who was born in Gardiner, Me., April 20, 
1830. Mrs. Egglestone's parents, John and 
Catherine (Dill) Seaver, died when she was 
very young. She is the mother of four chil- 
dren, namely: Charles, born August 25, i860; 
Leonora K., born March 20, 1863; Addie L., 
born December 30, 1865; and b'lorida F., 
born Sejjtember 16, 1868. Charles has always 
resided with his parents, and assists in carry- 
ing on the farm. He married Elizabeth 
Davis, who was born in luigland, July 14, 
1 87 1, daughter of ICvan Davis; and she is the 
mother of one son, William Edward, born 
April 4, 1896. Leonora K. married Lindsley 
L. Walker, a native of Reading, \'t., and now 
a blacksmith of Hanover, N. H. Addie I., is 
the wife of Fred A. Cowen, a merchant in 
Lebanon, N.H. b'lorida V. married George 
\V. Hodges, a maker of fine tools for the 
Waltham Watch Company, and resides in Wal- 
tham, Mass. She has one son, Forrest E. , 
born May 30, 1895. 

1;NRY !•■. IIOLLIS is a rising young 
lawyer of Concord and a descendant 

'^ * "f some well-known New Hamp- 
shire families. He was born in West Con- 
cord, August 30, 1869, and is a son of Major 
Abijah and Ilarriette V. M. (French) Mollis. 
The first of the name on record was John Hol- 
lis, an early settler in Weymouth, Mass. 
After him came another John, and then, in 
succession, four of the name of Thomas, all 
of them natives of Jkaintree, Mass. The last- 
named Thomas Mollis, who was the grand- 
father of the subject of our sketch, was a stone 
contractor of Quincy, Mass., and one of the 
leading men of his time in that business. He 
furnished the stpnc for the famous Minot's 
Ledge light-house. In 1826-27 he laid the 
track of the first railroad ever built in America 
to haul granite from the quarries to the Ne- 
ponset River. He was one of the most promi- 
nent citizens of Milton, and took an active part 
in all its local affairs. He married Deborah 
C. Allen, of Braintree, Mass. She was a de- 
scendant of the Rev. Peter Clark, who was 
graduated at Harvard in 1712, and ordained 
minister of the church at Salem village in 
1717, and married Deborah Hobart, of Brain- 
tree, in 1719. 

Abijah Hollis was the youngest son of 
Thomas and Deborah, and one of a large fam- 
ily of children. He first attended the district 
schools of Milton, then went to Phillips Flxe- 
ter Academy, and subsequently studied law at 
the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. 
He was admitted to the Suffolk County (Mas- 
sachusetts) bar in 1S61. Before entering 
upon the practice of his profession, however, 
the Civil War having broken out, and in- 
spired with patriotic ardor, he enlisted, and 
was elected a commissioned officer in the 
Forty-fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Volun- 
teers, and served out his term of enlistment 



with thnt regiment. On its expiration he 
re-enllsted in the F"ifty-si.\th Massachusetts 
Volunteers, and served until the end of the 
war. At the battle of the Wilderness he re- 
ceived a severe wound, and at the close of the 
war his health was so seriously impaired that 
he found himself unable to withstand the 
strain of the legal profession. He accordingly 
decided to turn his attention to outdoor busi- 
ness. In 1865 he removed to Concord, N. H., 
and in company with his brother proceeded to 
f)pcn one of the first stone quarries ever worked 
in this town. This business he successfully 
conducted until his retirement in 1S95. 
Major Hollis has taken a prominent part in the 
political affairs of the State, and held many 
public offices. In 1S76 he was elected to the 

Major Hollis married Harriette V. M. 
French, daughter of the Hon. Henry F. 
French, of Exeter and Chester, N.H., who 
was Assistant -Secretary of the United States 
Treasury from the time of Grant's administra- 
tion to that of Cleveland, and from 1855 to 
1859 was Justice of the Court of Common 
Pleas in New Hampshire. He was the first 
President of the Massachusetts Agricultural 
College. His father, Daniel French, was a 
second cousin of Daniel Webster, and was 
Attorney General of New Hampshire early in 
the century. Judge I'rencli married Anne, 
daughter of William M. Richardson, Chief 
Justice of New Hampshire for many years. 
Their son, Daniel C. ]'"rench, is the distin- 
guished sculptor of New York City, among 
whose most celebrated works are the statue of 
the Republic, executed for the Columbian lis- 
position, Chicago, and the Minute-man stand- 
ing at the historic bridge in Concord, Mass. 
Major Hollis is the father of the following 
children: Thomas, who is a broker in lioston, 
Mass.; Anne R. ; Hcnr)' 1'., of Concord; 

Allen, also a lawyer of Concord, N.H.; and 
Mary F. 

Henry F. Hollis, the subject of this sketch, 
was graduated at the Concord High School in 
the class of 1886. In 1S86-87 he was en- 
gaged in railroad engineering between Denver, 
Col., and San Francisco, Cal., and on a sur- 
vey of the intervening mountain passes. Re- 
turning r^ast, he prepared at Concord, Mass., 
to enter Harvard College, where he was gradu- 
ated in 1892. He attended the Harvard Law 
School, and also studied law in the ofifices of 
the Hon. William L. Foster and H. G. Sar- 
gent at Concord, N. H., and was admitted to 
the Merrimack County bar in 1893. Since 
that date Mr. Hollis has formed a law partner- 
ship with Harry G. Sargent and E. C. Niles, 
of Concord. He has been elected a Trustee of 
the New Hampshire Savings Bank and a 
member of the Board of Education, a marked 
evidence of the confidence which his fellow- 
townsmen already repose in him. In politics 
he is a Democrat, and cast his first Presiden- 
tial vote for Grover Cleveland in 1892. June 
T4, 1893, he was united in marriage to Grace 
B. Fisher, of Norwood, Mass. They have two 
children — Henry F., Jr., and Anne R. Mr. 
Hollis bids fair to enter the first ranks of his 
profession and to add fresh laurels to the 
family record. 


prominent farmer of Plainfield, was 

- \^ born here, I-'ebruar}' 21, 1826, son 
of Osgood and Betsey (Morgan) True. 'I'he 
founder of the family, who came from old luig- 
land among the early settlers of the Massachu- 
setts Bay Colony, subsec[uently settled in 
Salisbury, N. H. Benjamin True, grandfather 
of Nathaniel M., was the first of the family in 
Plainfield. He left an honored name. As 
did most of the men of his day, he won his 



suslcnaiicc finm tlic Sdil. His fiisl wife, ;i 
Saiiljorn before her marriage, had seven chil- 
dren, six of wlioin were: Reuben, Osgood, 
Ilannali, Sarah, Judith, and Abigail. The 
seventi) cliild, a daughter, married a Severance 
and lived in Andover. Benjamin Triie's second 
marriage was contracted with Mrs. Roberts, a 
widow, who l)ore him three children — Lydia, 
Eunice, and Kimball. 

Osgood True, born in I'lainfield, August 5, 
1789, died October 26, 1856. After complet- 
ing his public-school education, he stayed for 
a short time as a helper on his father's farm, 
and later assumed the management of the farm 
and carried it on until his death. He raised 
large numbers of cattle and sheep as well as 
some garden produce. He was Selectman for 
a number of years; and he represented the town 
in the State legislature for a time, fulfilling 
the obligations of these important trusts to 
the full satisfaction of his constituents. For 
many years prior to his death he was a Dea- 
con of the 15a])tist church. Educational mat- 
ters obtained considerable attention from him. 
He took an active ]iart in the service of the 
militia, being finally chosen Captain. He 
married Betsey Morgan, daughter of Nathaniel 
Morgan, a well-to-do farmer of Plainfield. 
She was born July 10, 1793, and died Novem- 
ber 9, 1875. Their si.\ children were: Mar- 
cia E., born July i, 1S20; Ellen M., born 
July 8, 1822; Benjamin O. , born June i, 
1S24; Nathaniel M., the subject of this 
sketch; David P., born August iS, 1829; and 
Ellen M. (second), born July 13, 1833. Mar- 
cia married Jasper H. Purmort, a prosperous 
farmer of Lebanon, and has a family of chil- 
dren. EUcn M. (first) died in infancy. Ben- 
jamin O. died in November, 1845, ^^ t''<^ ^ge 
of twenty-one years, having just graduated from 
Kinib:ill Union Academy. David P., who is 
a successful faimer in Minnesota, first m:uried 

I Any Kidder, and iiad two children His sec- 
ond wife, whose maiden name was Crowe, bore 
him one daughter, now a physician well known 
in her profession in the West. Ellen M. 
(second) married Thomas K. Hough, who has 
been a successful farmer and travelling agent, 
living in Claremont and in New York State. 
They have four children — Clement T., 
lilizabeth E., Delia M., and Kate M. 

Nathaniel M. True attended Kimball Union 
Academy. After finishing school, he worked 
on the homestead farm, assisting his father in 
the management for a time. When the health 
of the latter became poor, he took full charge. 
The farm, which is a large one, containing 
nearly five hundred acres, has a handsome resi- 
dence and numerous well-kept buildings. Mr. 
True has given his personal attention to all 
the details of his business, which he finds 
quite enough to occupy his full time. He has 
never cared for public life, nor aspired to po- 
litical preferment. On October 13, 1853, he 
married Ruth L. Hough, daughter of Clement 
Hough, of Lebanon, a leading farmer of his 
time in that jilace. Mrs. True was born May 
25, 1834. 'I'hey have no children. 

ZRA TAFT SH3LEY, a retired manu- 
facturer of Newport, Sullivan County, 
was born in Auburn, Mass., Febru- 
ary 3, 1 81 7, son of Ezra and Marcia (Taft) 
Sibley. His grandfather, Reuben Sibley, 
who was also a Massachusetts man, and is said 
to have been born in Sutton of that State, car- 
ried on general farming for a time. Reuben 
went to Maine and settled in the town of Ja}-, 
Franklin County, where he conducted a ferry 
on the Androscoggin River during the re- 
mainder of his life. His son, Ezra, born in 
Sutton, September 21, 1787, was a scythe 
maker — a trade which he learned when a 


ycjung man. Me conducted a successful busi- 
ness in Auburn, Mass., several years, was a 
liberal in religion, and a Democrat in poli- 
tics. In the year 1S15 he married Marcia 
Taft, a native of U.xbridge, Mass., who died 
at the age of twenty-eight years. They had 
two children: Ezra T., the subject of this 
sketch; and Kvelyn, who married Mr. Lowell 
Sweetzcr, of Wakefield, Mass., and died in 
June, 1S71. His second marriage was con- 
tracted with Elmira Golding, who lived to a 
good age. He died March 13, 1830. 

Ezra T. Sibley lived in Auburn until the 
death of his father, which occurred when he 
was but thirteen years of age. Then he went 
to his grandfather's at U.xbridge, remaining 
there for two years. At this time he went to 
Millbury, Mass., where he entered the employ 
of Hale & Whipple, scythe manufacturers, and 
learned the trade which he has since made his 
business. He remained with that firm about 
three and one-half years, after which he 
worked at his trade in Chelmsford, Mass., for 
one year, and in New London, N. H., for nine 
years. In 1S45 he came to Newport, N.II., 
and liought a half-interest in the scythe factory 
owned by Mr. Earned. The factory had been 
conducted by Lamed & Sibley for three years, 
when on account of the failure of his health 
Mr. Earned disposed of his interest in the 
business to William Dunton, of Newport. 
Three years later Mr. Sibley bought out Mr. 
Dunton, and thereafter ran the business alone 
until 1873, when betook his son into ])artner- 
shijj. In iSgi he retired after a continuous 
business life of forty-si.x years, being at that 
time the oldest manufacturer of scythes in the 
United States. He still carries on his farm, 
and also operates a lumber-mill at North Ncw- 
])ort. He has been largely instrumental in 
building uii the jiresent business successfully 
carried on by his son. His political iirin- 

ciples are Republican, and he has served 
Newport in the capacities of Selectman and 
legislative Representative. 

On July 19, 1838, Mr. Sibley married 
Lydia D. Gay, who was born in New London, 
N. H., March 10, 1820, daughter of David and 
Asenath (Davis) Gay. Mr. and Mrs. Sibley 
have had six children, as follows: Amelia R., 
born April 7, i S40 ; Frank A., born January 
28, 1851 ; Anson, who died at the age of two 
years; Isabelle, who died aged six and one- 
half years; and two who died in infancy. 
Amelia R. is now the wife of Samuel Allen, 
who is employed in the scythe factory ; and she 
has eight children. Frank A., who married 
Mary M. Tutnum, and has three children, is 
now carrying on the scythe-manufacturing 
business established by his father. A self- 
made man and one of the oldest residents of 
the town, Ezra Taft Sibley has the sincere 
respect of his fellow-townsmen. 

^AVID N. PATTERSON, for many 
years one of the most active and 

(^~\,^/ prominent liusiness men of Contcio- 
ct)ok, N.H., was born June i, 1 Soo, in llcn- 
niker, Merrimack County, and died March 28, 
1892, in the village of Contoocook, at the ven- 
erable age of ninety-one years, nine months, 
and twenty-eight days. He was of Scotch- 
Irish ancestry, so called, being a direct de- 
scendant of John Patterson, who (Ui account of 
religious persecution fled fnim .Scuthind to 
the northern part of Ireland, wliere his son 
Robert and his grandson, whu, it is thought, 
was named Alexander, were iiorn. Tiie Lit- 
ter emigrated to America in 1721, biinging 
with him his family, which included a son, 
Alexander second. 

Alexander Patterson, second, married 1^1 iza- 
beth Arbiickle, who was born in 1720011 ])oard 




ship ill which iicr paicnts came In tliis country. 
lie settled first in I.nndnnderry, N.ll., where 
he held office in 1751, l^ut suljsequently re- 
moved to I'enibifikc, N.II., in the early days 
of its settlement, and was one of the first Se- 
lectmen of the town. He served as a soldier 
in the I'ievolutionary War. His wife, a well- 
educated woman for those days, taught school 
several terms. In 1799 they migrated to 
'I'hetford, \'t., going thence to Strafford, Vt., 
where both died in i(So2. They had nine 
cliildi'cn, Ale.xanclei", the third to bear that 
name, being the ne.xt in li)ie of descent. 

Alexander third, born July 10, 1763, mar- 
ried Mar\' Nelson, of Sterling, Mass., and 
settled in lieuniker, N.II. In 1806 he 
erected a building on tlie site now occupied 
by the residence of \V. P. Cogswell, and put 
in water-works, which were used until 1878. 
He was very [jrominent and popular among his 
fellow-men, full of hmnor and ready wit, and 
was generally accosted by young and old as 
Uncle Santly. lie died Januar}' 12, i<S27, in 
the si.vty-fourth year of his age. They had a 
family of eleven children, of whom David N., 
the special subject of this biographical sketch, 
was the seventh -horn. Their tlaughter Mary 
M., the ne.Nt younger child, became a very suc- 
cessful teacher, being endowed with a strong 
personality and a remarkable gift for imparting 
knowledge. She began teaching at the age of 
eighteen, and taught in Henniker and Warner 
until 1828. Going then to Cambridge, Wash- 
ington County, N. Y., she taught in that local- 
ity twenty )'ears. In 1 S44 she received a 
State license on parchment, and continued her 
lajjors until 1S69, devoting forty-nine years to 
the education of the young. Her husband, 
Hervey Culver, to whom she was married in 
1846, dying in 1S75, she removed to Vassar, 

David N. Patterson left linine at the age of 

si.vtcen years, going tfi Wearc to work for his 
brother-in-law, John Chase. Four years later 
he began working at the clothier's trade with 
his brother Joab, a woollen manufacturer in 
Deering, N.H. In 1S29 the two yoinig men 
came to Contoocook, establishing themselves 
in business, first in carding rolls, then engag- 
ing in fulling and shearing, eventually engag- 
ing in the full manufacture of cloths, their olil 
mills standing on the site of the present silk 
factory. There were several mills in that 
vicinity, including a saw-mill, a grist-mill, a 
sash, door, and blind mill, a kit frctory, a 
woollen-mill, etc., all of which were destroyed 
in the fall of 1S71, the silk-mill having since 
been erected. The Patterson brothers contin- 
ued in business until i860, building up a sub- 
stantial and profitable trade from one which 
at the beginning was largely an exchange. 
David N. Patterson continued his residence in 
the village until his death, preserving his 
mental and physical activities in a remarkable 
manner. He was very influential in local 
affairs, a strong worker in the temperance 
cause, and an enthusiastic laborer in the l-Tee 
Will Baptist church, of which he was a mem- 
ber anci for si.xteen years the superintendent 
of the Sunday-school. In 1S42 and 1843 he 
was one of the Selectmen of Hopkinton, and in 
1845 and 1846 was a Representative to the 
General Court. In his younger days he served 
four years as Lieutenant in a company of 

On March 17, 1830, David N. Patterson 
married Maria Woods, a daughter of William 
S. and Betsey D. (Dutton) Woods. Mr. 
Woods settled in Henniker in iSoo, purchas- 
ing mills at West Henniker, and was the first 
to carry on the clothier's trade there to any 
extent. A citizen of prominence, he served as 
Selectman in 1813, 1814, and 1815, apd was 
a member of the State legislature in 1832 and 


1833. He died at a good old age, March 29, 
1847; and his wife passed away October 31, 
1849. Mrs. Maria Woods Patterson died May 
■9. •''^73i leaving four children, namely: 
Susan M., wife of Captain D. Howard, of 
Concord, N. H. ; William A., of Contoocook ; 
and Annette and Jennette, twins, the former 
of whom lives in Concord. The latter first 
married Charles Upton, of Amherst, N.H., 
and after his death became the wife of Charles 
H. Danforth, of Contoocookville. On June 
15, 1875, Mr. Patterson married for his second 
wife Mrs. Sarah W. Batchelder, widow of 
Moses l^atchelder, and daughter of Samuel and 
Mary (Gove) Philbrick, of Andover, N. H. 
She died June 14, i S90, aged seventy-nine 
years and eight months. 

William A. Patterson, born at Contoocook- 
ville, N. H., December 12, 1836, received but 
a limited education, being obliged to go into 
the mill and feed the carding machines as soon 
as he was tall enough to reach the carding 
places. At the age of seventeen he went to 
work for his uncle, Button Woods, a bridge 
contractor and builder, remaining with him 
six or more years. In 1859 he entered the 
blacksmith's shops of the Northern Railway 
Company, continuing until March, 1862, when 
he returned to Contoocook, accepting a posi- 
tion in the kit shop. On August 7, 1862, 
Mr. I'atterson enlisted for a term of three 
years in Company B, Second New Hampshire 
Volunteer Infantry. Three days later, August 
10, his marriage with Olive Amanda Allen, 
one of New Hampshire's brave and patriotic 
daughters, was solemnized. The following 
day he was mustered into service, and, leav- 
ing his bride, joined the Army of the Potomac. 
Ten days afterward he participated in the 
second battle of Pull Run, was taken prisoner, 
kept in the rebel lines a week, then jwrolct! 
and sent to Canij) Parole, where he was e.v- 

changed. At once returning to his comrades, 
he joined them at Falmouth, December 17, 
1862, while on their retreat from the first 
attack on I'redericksburg. He subscciuently 
was at the front in many important battles, in- 
cluding Gettysburg, and saw much hard ser- 
vice. On July I, 1864, he was made Corporal 
of his company. June 7, 1S65, he was dis- 
charged from the hosjiital at Hampton, Va. , 
where he had been ill for si.x months, although 
he was never wounded. 

On returning to Contoocook, Mr. Patterson 
worked for a year on the railway, and then re- 
sumed his former employment with his uncle, 
assisting in building bridges on the Concord 
Railroad for two years, also working on the 
Claremont and Passumpsic railways for four 
years. Since that time he has had charge of 
the branch office of Kimball & Lane, under- 
takers, of Concord, N. H. He is now serving 
his third year as Town Treasurer, besides 
which he is Treasurer and one of the stock- 
holders of the Contoocook lilectric Light 
Company. He is not an active [lolitician, but 
always votes the straight Republican ticket. 
He is a member of the society connected with 
the Methodist Ljjiscopal church, of which his 
wife is an active member. He is one of the 
leading Odd Fellows of this ]:)lace, belonging 
to Kearsarge Lodge, I. O. O. I-'., and to 
PLagle luicampment, and in each bod)' has been 
through all the chairs. 

Mrs. Patterson is a grand-daughter of John 
and Hannah (Goldthwait) Allen, and a daugh- 
ter of Willard Allen, who was born in Cor- 
nish, N.IL, September 3, 181 i, ami died in 
Contoocook, June 21, 18S2. Mr. Allen was 
a brickmaker by trade, following it fust in 
Chelsea, Mass., and later in Croydon, this 
State. In 1853 he came to Contoocook, ami 
in company with Warren M. Kempton started 
a factfiry for making mackerel kits in the 



hiiildini^ now cicciipiL-d liy J. I. Monill as a 
saw-mill. He iiad varinus iiaitncrs, usually 
one of the Monills, and continued in active 
business about twenty-five years. In i<S3She 
married Elvira Stone, of (irantham, a dau<,d)ter 
of Daniel Stone. She died October 17, iS.Si, 
just a few months prior to his demise. They 
reared two children, namely: Olive Amanda, 
now Mrs. I'atteison ; and Walton Terkins 
Allen, of llopkinton, N. II. 

/ 3) I'OkCb; WAi.i.Aci'. i-tsiii<:r, a 

\ p I well-known faiiner in lioscawen, 
N.ll., was born June 26, 1837, in 
New London, this State. 1 1 is father, Levi 
l'"isher, was a native of Francestown, N.IL; 
and his mother, Fannie Wilkins Fisher, was 
born June 12, 1 808, in Merrimack. 

Mr. I""isher's ancestors can be traced back 
nine generations, as follows: Anthony F'isher 
first, who is said to have lived at Wignotte, in 
.S)'leham Parish, I'".n<;land, married Mary 
F'iske, dau,i;htcr of William and Anne I''iskc, 
of St. James, South Klmshani, County Suffolk. 
He doubtless died at Syleham, as he was 
buried there April 11, 1640. Anthony sec- 
ond, the third child of Anthony first and 
Mary, and one of a family of six children, was 
baptized at Syleham, County Suffolk, England, 
April 23, 1591. He came to New England 
with his wife Mary and his children in the 
ship "Rose," Jime 26, 1637, and settled at 
Dorchester, Mass. He was made a freeman, 
May, 1645. His first wife dieil, doubtless in 
Dorchester; and he married, in 1663, Isabel, 
widow of Edward Breck. He held the office 
of Selectman in Dorcliester. On May 5, 
1662, he was allowed by the town four pounds 
for killing six wolves. He died intestate, 
April 18, \C>7\, in his eightieth year. An- 
thony third, his eldest son, settled in Dedhani 

in 1637. He married .Se])tember 7, 1^)47, 
Joanna, only ilaugliter of 'I'homas and Joan 
I'"axon, of Hraintrec. He removed from JJcd- 
ham to Dorchester, where he died i-'cbruary 
13, 1670. His widow died October 16, jCxj^. 
Their youngest son, F^ieazer, the fourth in 
line, born at Dcdham, September 18, i66g, 
died there February 6, 1722. He married 
October 13, 1698, Mary, daughter of William 
and Mary (Lane) Avery. She was born Au- 
gust 21, 1674, and died at Stoughton, March 
25, 1749. 

Their son David was born in Dcdham, June 
21, 1705. The s]iot where l^avid's hf)usc 
stood in South Dedham is even now well 
known. Lie married first Deborah lioyden, 
second Elizabeth Talbot. The fornicr died 
in July, 1770, aged fifty-nine years. David 
Fisher, first, died July 30, 1779. His chil- 
dren, all by his first wife, were: David, 
second, born January 22, 1733; Thomas; 
Jacob; Deborah; Hannah; Nathan; Oliver; 
Abigail; Mary; and Abner, the youngest, 
born Jmie 20, i 755. 

David second, eldest son of David anil 
Deborah Fisher, and the sixth in the ancestral 
line, married Abigail Lewis, September 21, 
1758, and settled on Morse Hill in Sharon 
(then Stoughtonham), Mass., where David 
third, who represents the seventh generation, 
was born June 26, 1759. He married Mehita- 
ble Ilewins, born in Sharon, I-'ebruary 20, 

David Fisher third, with other settlers from 
Dedham and Sharon, removed to Francestown 
about the year .1780, and cleared the farm 
known as the Jones Whitfield place, on the 
north eastern slope of Oak Hill. Here he 
reared a family of thirteen children. He was 
large and athletic, his common weight, when 
in the prime and vigor of life, being two 
hundred and fifty pounds. He was known in 


ha{h Dedham and Franccstown as "King 
David." He entered the Revolutionary army 
when sixteen years of age. He died in Fran- 
cestovvn, November 8, 1829; iiis wife, Mehit- 
able, died in the same town, May 4, 1849. 
Their children, who were of the eighth gener- 
ation, and all save one born in F"raiicestown, 
were: Mehitablc, born February iS, 17S2, 
married Ebenezer Burtt, of Hancock, and 
died in Franccstown, September 17, 1S54; 
David, born December 15, 1783, married 
Nancy Chandler, of Canton, Mass., and died 
in Charlotte, Me., March 11, 1842; Ebenezer, 
born August 11, 1785, married Sarah Johnson, 
of Sharon, Mass., went to Charlotte, Me., 
where he was a prosperous farmer and held 
various official positions, besides representing 
the town in the legislature, and died at Char- 
lotte, February 4, 1850; Juel, born July 16, 
1787, married Anna Gage, of Merrimack, died 
in Bedford, August 23, 1834; Susannah, born 
in Sharon, November 5, 1790, married Asa 
Howe, of Merrimack, died in Cooper, Me., 
F'ebruary 26, i860; Increase, born July 17, 
1792, married Flunice Johnson, of Sharon, died 
in Charlotte, May 11, 1866; Flnoch H., born 
March 16, 1794, married Ro.xana Lakin, of 
1'rancestown, died December 17, 1S82, at 
Charlotte, Me. ; Benjamin, born b'ebruary 22, 
1796, married Mary Starboard, of Portland, 
Me., died in I'rancestown, March 13, 1848; 
Asa, born October i, 1798, married Mary 
Gage, of Merrimack, died in Sutton, Febru- 
ary 28, 1846; Nancy, born October 10, 1800, 
married Walter Chadwick, of Sutton, died in 
l-'rancestown, February 28, 1841 ; Levi (father 
of George W. Fisher), born March 14, 1803, 
married l*\anny VVilkins, daughter oi Alexan- 
der Wilkins, of Merrimack, was a farmer, 
and resided at Merrimack, where he died No- 
vember 29, 1880; Mary, born April 17, 1805, 
married Jefferson Jones, of New ]5oston, also 

William I^ovejoy, of Amherst, died in Goffs- 
town, March 24, 18S2; and Thomas, born May 
12, 1808, married Lydia Hanson, of Weare, 
was a cabinet-maker, resided in Weare, N.H., 
where he died December 18, 1834. 

Levi Fisher was a farmer. He removed 
from New London to Merrimack when his son, 
George W. , was five years old; and he died 
there, November 29, 1880. H is wife survives 
him, and lives with her son, Levi W. , in 
Merrimack. Their children were five in num- 
ber, as follows: Levi W. , Sarah W., George 
W. , Anna L. , and Cynthia M. The first of 
these, Levi W. , was born September ig, 
1829. He married Lucy A. Freeman, who 
died January 26, 1875. He then married 
Frances E. Bowen. There was one child by 
the first marriage, Maria L. , now the wife of 
Frank P. McAfee, of Nashua. By the second 
marriage there were three children : F'annie 
W., Ella Grace, and Edwin Milo, the first 
born March 9, 1884, the second March 3, 
1886, and the third .September 20, i88g; all 
are living at home. Levi F^isher's second 
child, .Sarah W., was born P'cbruary 6, 1832, 
and married Chester Bui lard, of Nashua. 
Both are now deceased, he having died Novem- 
ber 12, 1884, and she January 3, 1896. They 
had no children. Anna L. was born March 
4, 1840, and married Hazen G. Dodge, a 
farmer of Merrimack, born August 24, 1837. 
They reside there, and have one child — 
Elwin FI., a machinist in Nashua, born De- 
cember 4, 1867. Cynthia M. was Inirn Janu- 
ary 14, 1843, and became the wife of Eilwin 
M. Shepherd, a watch-maker and jeweller of 
Maiden, Mass., where they reside. The)' have 
two children: Grace pjiicry, wife of Charles 
Bennett, of Maiden ; and l-"lorcncc, a teacher 
in Chelsea, Mass. 

George \V. , llic direct subject of the present 
sketch, remained at Imme with iiis parents 

i;i<)(;u Ai'iiKAi, 


until lie was ciglitccn years did, when he went 
t(i Nashua, where lie engaged in the sash, 
door, and blind husiiicss for live }'ears. On 
Oetiiher 7, 1S61, he enlisted in Company I, 
Seventh New Ilani|)shire Volunteers, untler 
Colonel Putnam and Captain Joseph ]'"rcsch]. 
lie was in engagements in South Carolina and 
I'diiriila. On account of poor health he was 
discharged at I'ortsmouth Grove, R.I., Octo- 
ber 29, \SC)^, and returned to Merrimack. lie 
remained there till spring, then went to Man- 
chester, N.II., and again entered into the sash 
and blind business. He also did carpentering, 
and continued thus engaged for eight years. 
In 1872 he came to B(jscavven, and engaged in 
carjientering for his father-in-law, making no 
change until 1876, when he bought his present 
tarm. Me has carried on general farming here 
ever since. He owns two hundred and thirty 
acres, has made various improvements on his 
property, keeps three horses and ten cows, 
and does quite a dairy business, shipping milk 
to Boston. 

Mr. Fisher was a charter member of Kzekiel 
Webster Grange at Boscawen, has been Master 
three years, and has held other offices in the 
grange for nine years. He is connected with 
the G. A. K., having been a member of a post 
in Manchester, and being now a member of 
\V. I. Brown Post at Penacook, N. H. Since 
July, 1S68, he has belonged to Hillsborough 
I.odge, No. 2, I. O. O. v., of Manchester,, of 
which he was at one time Chaj)lain. He has 
been Justice of the Peace for the past nineteen 
years, and for four years a member of the 
Board of Selectmen, being at present Chair- 
man ; and has been si.x years a member of the 
School Board and Chairman two years. He is 
a Republican in politics and an active worker 
for that party. 

Mr. Fisher was married December 14, 1865, 
to Mary K. Green, a native of Litchfield, born 

December 6, 1836. She was the daughter of 
Hartwell W. and .Sarah (Turner) Green, of 
Merrimack, both of whom are now dead. Mrs. 
I'"isher died y\pril 1, 1868; and Mr. I'isher 
was married November 30, 1869, to Esther 
P. Coffin, of Boscawen, who was born Decem- 
ber 15, 1843, a daughter of Peter and ICunicc 
(Couch) Coffiii, the former of whom was a 
native of Boscawen and the latter of Webster. 
By this second marriage there were three chil- 
dren — George V., Winfred, and Levi P. 
George F. was born June 23, 1871, mar- 
ried in 1896 Lizzie A. Bachelder, of North- 
field, and is engaged at home on the farm. 
Winfred was born May i S, 1S73, was gradu- 
ated at Bryant & .Stratton Commercial Col- 
lege, Manchester, and became a member of the 
firm of Balch, Chandler & Co., grocers, in 
Penacook. He died l-"ebruary 23, 1896. Levi 
P., born October 12, 1876, was graduated at 
the above college and is now at home. 

Mr. Fisher and his wife both belong to the 
Congregational church, of which he has been 
a member at Nashua, Manchester, and Bos- 
cawen for thirty-eight years ; and he has been 
superintendent of the Sunday-school for three 


of the largest land-owners of Epsom, 
Merrimack County, was born upon 
the farm he now occupies, July 2, 1S37, son of 
John and Joanna (Tibbetts) Chesley. The 
Chesley family is believed to be of English 
origin; and the great-grandfather of the sub- 
ject of this sketch was Lemuel Chesley, who 
resided in Lee, X. H. 

Mis son, John Chesley, Sr. , grandfather of 
Daniel Gilman, was born in Lee. When a 
young man he went to Chichester, N. M., 
where he learned blacksmithing of James 


After his marriage he settled in 



Epsom nnd coiitimit.'cl to work at his trade for 
some time. He also followed agricultural 
pursuits quite extensively in this town, and 
kept a hotel. He died at the age of si.xty 
years. He married Betsey Blake, sister of 
James Blake, with whom he served his appren- 
ticeship. Betsey Blake was a daughter of 
Samuel Blake, one of the first settlers of 
Epsom, who purchased from the Indians a 
large tract of land near the centre of the town 
for the paltry sum of ten shillings, and turned 
in his jack-knife for one shilling of that sum. 
Samuel Blake, generally called Sergeant 
]51ake, came to Epsom at the age of fifteen ; 
and several years later his father. Lieutenant 
]51ake, moved into town. In the early days 
the frontier settlers were kept in a state of 
almost continual alarm by the incursions of 
the Indians, whose ferocity and cruelty were 
doubtless very much averted by friendly con- 
ciliating conduct on the part of the white in- 
habitants toward them. This was particularly 
the case in the course pursued by Sergeant 
Blake. Being himself a skilful marksman and 
an expert hunter, evincing traits of character 
and abilities in their view of the highest order, 
he soon gained their respect; and by kind 
treatment he secured their friendship to such a 
degree that, though they had opportunities, 
they would not injure him even in time of 
war. An industrious pioneer, he cleared and 
im[)roved a good farm, which is now owned 
by his descendants, Daniel Gilman Chesley 
and John y\ugustus Chesley. John and ]5etsey 
(Blake) Chesley had a family of si.\ children; 
namely, John, Samuel M., Betsey, Jonathan 
S. , James 15., and Josiah C. , none of whom are 
now living. The death of Mrs. Betsey ]?. 
Chesley occurred previous to that of her hus- 

John Chesley, Jr., Daniel (1. Chesley's 
father, was b(jrn in Epsom, and was a lifelong 

resident of this town. In his younger days he 
was engaged in teaching school ; but he later 
served an apprenticeship at the blacksmith's 
trade, and followed it in connection with 
farming during his active ]3eriod. He suc- 
ceeded to the ownership of the IMakc home- 
stead, and resided here until his death, which 
occurred when he was eighty-three years and 
six months old. His wife, Joanna Tibbetts, 
whom he married August 2i, 1834, was born 
in Madbury, N.H., daughter of Israel and 
Susan (Emerson) Tibbetts. Her grandfather 
on her mother's side, Smith Emerson, was an 
officer in the Revolutionary War. His wife 
was a Thompson. Her grandmother Tib- 
betts's maiden name was Joanna Eulchar. 
Eleven children were born to John and Joanna 
(Tibbetts) Chesley, and of these three are 
deceased ; namely, Margaret Ann, Ellen Eran- 
ces, and Etta Oryntha. The eight living are: 
Almira Blake; Daniel Gilman, the subject of 
this sketch; John Augustus; Lizzie Joanna; 
Lydia Addie; Emma Susan; Edward Monroe; 
and Ellen Erances. Almira Blake Chesley 
married Alfred Kimball, of Haverhill, Mass., 
and her children are: Clara Wood, Susie 
Clarke, Myrtle Lydia, Everett Alfred, and 
Arthur Russell. Lizzie J. is the wife of 
Warren Kimball, of Haverhill, Mass., and 
the mother (if Alice Graham, \'ictor Orange, 
and Lizzie Wood. Lydia Addie is now Mrs. 
Charles W. b'rench, of VVarrensburg, 111., and 
has five children — Herbert, Clara, Laura, 
Olive, and another whose name is unknown to 
the present writer. luinna Susan married 
Orange E. Sackett, resides in Central City, 
Neb., and has seven children Lizzie Kim- 
ball, Arthin- Ru.ssell, Dwight, Alton Veasey, 
Robert McKinley, Hazel, and Mira. Edward 
M. Chesley married for his first wife b'lora 
Ayer ; and Iiy that union there was one child, 
luta, who (lied at the age of lour years. His 




scciuul wife was licfdic nianiage I'"lla Kugg, 
of I lavciliill, Mass. ; and tlie children by this 
nniiiii arc: Ciiailuttc l-'. , lulvvard (i., and 
Maiioii. l'!llcii !''. is now the widow of 
Ciiailcs W. Maitin, late of Pittsficld, N.ll., 
and has no children. Margaret Ann married 
Daniel Yeaton, of ]'",]-)som. Mrs. Joanna T. 
Cheslcy is now residing at the homestead, and 
has reached the age of nearly eighty-one years. 
She is a member of the Congregational church. 

Daniel Gilman Chesley acquired a good 
education in schools in his native town, in 
Pittsfield, and Pembroke. After completing 
his studies, he engaged in educational work, 
and taught twenty-nine (mostly winter) terms 
of school in Illinois and New Hampshire. He 
eventually settled at the homestead, where he 
now resides; and he devotes his time and at- 
tention to the cultivation of his farm with the 
same energy and ])erseverance which character- 
ized his ancestors. 

On November 25, 1888, Mr. Chesley mar- 
ried Olive Elnora .Sanborn, a daughter of 
Nathan B. and Ruth (Cousens) Sanborn. Her 
father was a native of Gilmanton, N.H., the 
son of Jonathan T. and Hannah (Page) San- 
born; and his mother was the daughter of 
Andrew and Elizabeth Page, the latter being a 
cousin of Daniel Webster, and also related to 
the Greeley family of which Horace Greeley 
was a member, Ruth Ann Cousens, a native 
of Kennebunk, Me., was a daughter of Jere- 
miah M. and P^liza (Kimball) Cousens, the 
former a soldier in the War of 1812. Olive 
Elnora Sanborn was born in Thornton, N. H., 
where her parents, who were industrious farm- 
ing ])eople, resitleil for a period of twelve 
years, removing then to Gilmanton, where 
they passed the remainder of their days. 
Nathan B. Sanborn was identified with public 
affairs, and served as a Selectman in Thorn- 
ton. He lived to be seventy years old, and 

his wife to the age of sixty-.six. They had a 
family of seven children, of whom six arc now 
living. Olive ]■:. (Mrs. Chesley) was the 
third-born. She was educated in tiie schools 
of Gilmanton, graduated from Gilmanton 
Academy, and became a teacher in the jjuhlic 
schools, teaching previous to her marriage 
twenty-eight terms of school in New Hamj)- 
shire and Maine. She is a member of the 
Methodist l-lpiscopal church. Mr. and Mrs. 
Chesley have three children : Elnora Sanborn, 
who was born September i, 1889; Mabel 
Elorence, born September 4, 1893; and John 
Gilman, born March 29, 1895. 

In politics Mr. Chesley is a Democrat. He 
served as Superintendent of Schools for fifteen 
years, was a member of the School Board six 
years, was Chairman of the Board of Selectmen 
for two years, Town Treasurer four years, and 
Town Clerk two years. He has also held 
other offices and is now Auditor. He stands 
high in the estimation of his fellow-townsmen, 
who regard him as one of the most upright. 
conscientious, and worthy of citizens. 

ing farmer and stock-raiser of Cor- 
nish, Sullivan County, was born 
December 9, 1840, at Plainfield, N.H., son of 
Earl and Sarah Chase (Cole) Westgate. His 
great-grandfather, John Westgate, married 
Grace Church, of Tiverton, R. I., w-ho was a 
descendant of Colonel Benjamin Church, fa- 
mous in King Philip's War in Colonial times. 
They had eleven children — Betsy, John, 
Lydia, Earl, Priscilla, Mary, George, Will- 
iam, Joseph, Benjamin, and Hannah. Earl 
Westgate, grandfather of William E. , came 
with his father to Plainfield in 177S, and mar- 
ried Elizabeth Waite, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Annie Swetzer, of Hubbardston, -Mass. 



Their children were: Elizabeth, John, Na- 
thaniel, Anna, George, and Earl. 

Earl Westgate (second) was born at Plain- 
field, December 17, iSoS, and was educated 
in the town schools. After completing his 
education, he lived on the home farm with 
his father until the latter died, when he took 
entire charge. A very religious man, he has 
been a member and a Deacon of the Baptist 
church for more than fifty years. He has 
never joined any of the secret fraternities, and 
has never held public office, preferring rather 
the quiet of his own fireside to the more active 
life of a public man. The first of his two 
marriages was contracted with Sarah Chase 
Cole, of Plainfield, who, born November 24, 
I Si 5, died January 18, 1S76. She was the 
mother of William E., Martha E. , Edith S., 
Julia A., Mary E., and Daniel C. Westgate. 
liarl Westgate's second wife, in maidenhood 
Abigail M. Camp, of Hanover, is now de- 
ceased. Martha, Mr. Westgate's eldest 
daughter, born in Plainfield, January g, 1842, 
married F"reeman Holt, of Lyme, N. H., a 
farmer, and is now living at Plainfield. Edith 
S., born June 21, 1846, married Carlos D. 
Colby, a farmer of Plainfield, and had eight 
children, seven of whom are living. Julia, 
born August 8, 1848, died soon after leaving 
school. Mary, born November i, 1852, died 
at the age of ten years. Daniel, born June 4, 
1857, lives on the farm at Plainfield with his 
father, and is now Selectman of the town. He 
married Clara J. Stone, of Plainfield, and has 
two children — Mary E. and Bessie S. 

William E. Westgate received his early 
education at Plainfield and in Kimball Union 
Academy. Not long after, he settled cjn a 
farm formerly owned by Mr. ]?ryant. He has 
since jiurchased the property, and is living 
there still. Mr. Westgate has been pidinincnt 
in the iniblic affairs of the town, and has been 

honored by his fellow-townsmen by ajipoint- 
ment to various offices of trust and responsi- 
bility. He has been Collector of Ta.xes ; for 
three years Selectman; in 1895 he was sent to 
the State legislature, where he served on the 
Committee on Labor; and he was elected 
County Commissioner in 1896. Mr. West- 
gate's farm is rich and fertile; and his build- 
ings are commodious, of improved style, and 
in excellent condition. Besides carrying on 
general farming, he raises considerable stock. 
Mr. Westgate was united in matrimony 
with Charlotte E. Bryant, of Cornish, daugh- 
ter of Daniel and Chloe (Hildreth) Bryant. 
They have two children ^ Earle and Martha 
E. Earle, born May 25, 1865, after complet- 
ing his education, worked on the farm for a 
time. He is now employed at the creamery, 
where he oversees the making of butter known 
all over the country as Hill Side Creamery 
Butter. He married Angle L. Chadbourne, 
daughter of William E. Chadbourne, of Cor- 
nish. Martha Westgate was born in Cornish, 
March 8, 1869, and was educated in the Cor- 
nish schools and in the high school at Wind- 
sor, from which she graduated. Afterward, 
becoming a very successful and ])()pu]ar 
teacher, she taught school for fifteen terms. 
She and her husband, I{lvvin W. Ouimby, of 
Cornish, now reside with her parents. The 
circumstances attending the removal of Mr. 
Westgate and his wife from Plainfield to Cor- 
nish are vividly impressed on his mind. it 
was in the spring of 1862, when the snow lay 
five or si.\ feet deeji on the level, and was 
coveretl by a crust so solid that teams rode on 
it over fences and fields, witlu)ut breaking 
through, a condition of things which lasted 
until the middle of April. Mr. Westgate is a 
I'^ree Mason and loiineily belonged to the 
grange. Both he and his wife are earnest 
members of the jiantist Church of Plainfield. 


Mrs. Westgate, wlio lias a musical taste, was 
organist of the church for some years both 
before and after her marriage. 

jUWIN A. TYRRELL, a highly es- 
tceiiied citizen of llookset, IMcrrimack 
County, iM'oniinent in town affairs, 
has been station agent and Postmaster at 
Martin Depot since 1SS7, a continuous ser- 
vice of ten years in the two positions, an hon- 
orable record which speaks for itself. He 
was born May 15, i.Ssi, in Paxton, Mass., a 
son of Jesse D. Tyrrell. His grandfather, 
Jesse Tyrrell, was of Massachusetts birth, but 
removetl from that State to Vermont, settling 
in the town of Waterville, where he carried 
on general farming until his death, which oc- 
curred at a ri[)e old age. 

Jesse D. Tyrrell was born June 2, 1825, in 
Bakersfield, Vt., and spent a large part of his 
life in that State. He learned the shoe- 
maker's trade when young, and followed it in 
connection with his agricultural labors until 
the fall of 1S63, when he enlisted in the 
Seventh Vermont Regiment. He died Feb- 
ruary "6, 1864, soon after being mustered into 
service in ]?rattleboro, Vt. He was a hard- 
working man, industrious and thrifty, as well 
as a patriotic citizen, and was greatly re- 
spected by all with whom he had dealings. 
His wife, formerly Mary Ann Tyler, survived 
him but three years, passing to the life eter- 
nal January 6, 1S67. ]5oth were dee[)ly re- 
ligious, and were active members of the Meth- 
odist church. Of the five children born of 
their union but two are now living, as fol- 
lows: Alfred H., born in Princeton, Mass., 
December 5, 1849, who married lillen Prouty, 
of Paxton, Mass., and has two children — 
Mabel and ]'",lla; and lulwin A., the special 
subject of this personal sketch. 

Edwin A. Tyrrell was but two years of age 
when his parents removed to Cambridge, Vt. , 
where he first attended school. After com- 
pleting his education at Troy, Vt. , he, by the 
death of his i)arents having been left depend- 
ent in a large measure on his own resources, 
went to Manchester, N. H., where he ob- 
tained a situation in the Manchester ?iiill. 
Proving himself able and faithful in every po- 
sition in which he was placed, he retained his 
connection with the mill for eighteen years, 
being second hand in the harness shop when 
he left. On September i, 1887, Mr. Tyrrell 
located in Hookset, having accepted the posi- 
tion of station agent at Martin Depot; and 
during the same year, under President Cleve- 
land's administration, he received the appoint- 
ment of Postmaster. During his residence in 
Hookset he has been prominently identified 
with the best interests of the place, and has 
served in important offices, having been Super- 
visor in 1890 and 1891, and ever since that 
time a member of the lioard of Selectmen. 
He is also a member of the Board of Trade of 
llookset; and he was appointed Justice of the 
Peace for this county by Governor Ramsdell 
in P'cbruary, 1897. I'raternally, he is an ac- 
tive member of Wildy Lodge, No. 45, 
I. O. O. F., of Manchester, N.H., in which 
he served one term as Outside Guardian. 

On May 2, 1871, Mr. Tyrrell was united in 
marriage with Miss Junia A. lila, of Hook- 
set, who was a woman of fine character, much 
beloved by all who knew her, and a faithful 
member of the Methodist church. She died 
May 16, 1885, leaving three children, the fol- 
lowing being their record: Lcona O. , born 
February 19, 1875, resides in Hookset, 
N. H. ; Arthur J., who was bom September 
21, 1876, is connected with the passenger de- 
partment of the Boston & Maine Railroad, and 
resides in Concord, N.H.; and Wesley E. , 


born August 31, 1879, is a resident of Hook- 
set. On December 24, 1885, Mr. Tyrrell 
was married' to Miss Augusta R. Hatch, a 
daughter of Deacon Samuel Hatch, of Maiden, 
Mass. She was born in Derry, N.H., De- 
cember 25, 1852. At one time she was a 
member of the Second Advent church in 
Manchester; but she withdrew from that, and 
at present is not connected with any church. 
A devoted wife, Mrs. Tyrrell has been a kind 
and loving mother to the children left to her 
care, and is loved and respected by them all. 

nish Flat, was born in the town of 
Cornish, October 23, 1839, son of 
Sylvanus W. and Sophia (Woodward) Bryant. 
He comes of a robust, tenacious, and progres- 
sive family, representatives of which fought 
in the P"rench and Indian War, were officers 
in the Continental army under Washington, 
and have attained distinction in politics, the 
army and navy, the learned professions, and 
the arts and sciences. Among these none 
have been more widely known and beloved 
than New England's poet of nature, the late' 
William Cullen Bryant. 

Sylvanus W. Bryant traces his genealogy to 
Stephen Bryant, who came from the west of 
England in 1643, and settled in the Plymouth 
Colony at Duxbury, Mass. He married Abi- 
gail Shaw, who was born in England, and 
came to this country with her father, John 
Shaw, in 1632. William Cullen Bryant be- 
longed to the si.xth generation descended from 
Stephen. Lieutenant John Bryant married 
the daughter of Stephen liryant at IMymouth 
on November 23, 1665. Notiiing is known of 
him prior to that date, iiis children ntun- 
bered seven. Samuel, the fourth son, married 
Joanna Cole, and iiad seven children, four of 

whom were born in Plymouth and three in the 
adjoining town of Plympton. Samuel, Jr., 
the eldest child, married Tabitha, daughter 
of Deacon Joseph P"ord, of Pembroke, Mass. ; 
and eleven children were born to them. Syl- 
vanus, the fourth child of Samuel, Jr., mar- 
ried Sarah Sears, daughter of Edward Sears, 
of Halifa.x, and had a family of six children. 

Sylvanus Bryant, Jr., the third child of his 
parents, and the grandfather of the subject of 
this sketch, enlisted as a private in the Con- 
tinental army, rose to the rank of Captain, 
and did good service in the Revolutionary 
War. After the war he settled in Cornish, 
being the first of the name in this town. He 
married Judith, daughter of Moses Chase, and 
had a family of eight children. Sylvanus W. 
Bryant, Sr. , son of Captain Bryant, and the 
father of the subject of this sketch, was born 
in Cornish, June 14, 1790, and died August 
17, 1S64. He was a man of unusual mental 
range, sound judgment, and of much business 
capacity. His wife, Sophia, was born in 
Plainfield, N.H., June 3, 1800, and died Sep- 
tember 3, 1890. Their six children were: 
John, Sophia, Judith, George, Sarah Anne, 
and Sylvanus W. 

Sylvanus W. Bryant, the subject of this 
sketch, married Sarah G. Smith, of West- 
minster, Vt. They have had three children, 
namely: Mary H., now deceased, born Sep- 
tember 6, 1876; Jennie S., born June 28, 
1879; and George H., JDorn November 22, 

Claremcjiit, N. H., attorney and coun- 
i® V _ sellor at law, was born in Lemjister, 
Sullivan County, May 30, 1833, son of ]5en- 
janiin and Olive (Nichols) Parker. His 
father was an esteemed citizen of Lcmpster, 
where he held many positions of trust and 




responsibility. He died in 1S45, Icavin;^ 
three children — lunilie, Hiram, and Hosea 
W. lunilie L. marrietl Ransom 15cckwith 
(deceased), Ijy vviiom she had two sons — Wal- 
ter 1'. and Hira R., the I'ornier a graduate of 
Tufts College and the present superintend- 
ent of the Salem Normal School, the latter a 
well-known architect, residing in Claremont, 
N.H. llirani Parker is a merchant of Lemp- 
ster, has held different offices in the town, and 
has been a Representative to the legislature. 
He ranks among the most prosperous and en- 
terprising farmers in the county, and has for 
many years been a prominent member of the 
State Board of Agriculture. 

Hosea W. Parker acquired his early educa- 
tion in the district school, and at hf)me as- 
sisted his brother on the farm imtil he was 
eighteen years old. He later attended Tubbs 
Union Academy, Washington, and the Green 
Mountain Liberal Institute, South Wood- 
stock, Vt. luitering Tufts College in 1855, 
he there remained two years, and then began 
the study of law in the office of Burke & 
Waite, of Newport. While thus engaged, he 
taught school in Newport and elsewhere. In 
1859 he was admitted to the Sullivan County 
bar, and began to practise in his native town; 
but in the fall of i860 he removed to Clare- 
mont, where he has resided ever since. He 
has built up an extensive and most excellent 
l>ractice, antl is consiilered a very competent 
counsellor. He is strong and influential in 
the Supreme Court, anil as a draughtsman of 
legal documents it is said he is not excelled 
in the State. His services are in constant 
demand wherever sound counsel and legal 
ability are appreciated. He was admitted to 
practice in the United States Circuit and Dis- 
trict Courts in New Hampshire, and in 1873 
was admitted to the Supreme Court at Wash- 
ington, D.C. He has been engageil on one 

side or the other of almost every important 
case tried in the county, and as a lawyer ranks 
with the foremost of New Hampshire. 

Mr. Parker is a Democrat in politics, and 
has been a iirominent leader and worker in the 
cause of Democracy ever since he became a 
voter, attending county, State, and national 
conventions. In 1859 and i860 he repre- 
sented the town of Lempstcr in the New 
Hampshire legislature. In 1869 he was the 
Democratic candidate for member of Congress 
from the Third New Hampshire District, 
which had almost always been Republican; 
and he was defeated by Jacob Benton. In 
1871 he was again a candidate, and was 
elected; and in 1873 he was re-elected by an 
increased majority. "Corruption was rife at 
Washington during the time of his service, 
but jobbery and extravagance in every form 
found in Mr. Parker a persistent opiionent. 
The Coiignssioiuil Record will show his vote 
recorded against every jobbery, subsidy, and 
plunder scheme, of whatever description, 
brought before Congress during his term of 
service, and in support of every measure cal- 
culated to promote the interests of the masses 
of the people, and especially in the direction 
of revenue reform. There and everywhere 
he has been earnest and outspoken in op|JOsi- 
tion to those features of the tariff laws 
calculated to enrich the few at the ex- 
pense of the many. He was a member of 
the Committee on Education and Labor, and 
also of the Committee on Patents, rendering 
valuable service in both committees. It was 
in the Forty-third Congress, as a member 
of the last-named committee, that Mr. Parker 
rendered his constituents and the people of 
the entire country a ser\^ice of inestimable 
value. It was at this time that the patents 
held by the great sewing-machine monoply, a 
combination of the leading companies entered 


into for the purpose of keeping up the enor- 
mous prices of the machines, were about ex- 
piring; and a determined effort was made to 
secure an extension. A powerful lobby was 
employed, and money without stint was at its 
command. I'lvery possible argument and ap- 
pliance was brought to bear upon the commit- 
tee to secure a report in favor of extension. 
Mr. Parker, with his unyielding hostility to 
monopoly and especial privilege in every form, 
was unalterably opposed to such action from 
the start ; and it was largely through his per- 
sistent efforts that the committee finally re- 
ported against the extension by a majority of 
one vote, and the committee's report was sus- 
tained by the House. A reduction of nearly 
fifty per cent, in the price of sewing machines 
soon followed, a result hailed with joy in al- 
most every family in the land." 

After the close of his second Congressional 
term Mr. Parker was out of politics, giving 
his time and attention wholly to the practice 
of his profession until 1S92, when he was 
nominated unanimously in convention of the 
Second District for member of Congress, but 
was defeated by a small plurality. He has 
been on the State Central Committee of the 
Democratic party for thirty years. At the 
session of the New Hampshire legislature in 
1897 Mr. Parker was the Democratic nominee 
for United States Senator, and received the 
votes of the Democratic members. The party, 
however, being in the minority, he was not 

For five years he has been one of the 
Commissioners to establish free public libra- 
ries in New Hampshire, and the work has 
ijcen carried on to such an extent that at 
the present writing nearly every town in the 
State has a free public library. In 1883 the 
degree of Master of Arts was conferred u]X)n 
him by Tufts College, and he was elected a 

Trustee of the college, which position he still 
holds. He was for ten years Trustee of the 
State Normal School at Plymouth, N. H. He 
is a member of the Southern New Hampshire 
Bar Association, is a prominent Free Mason, 
and was for over twenty years Eminent Com- 
mander of Sullivan Commandery, Knights 
Templar, of Claremont. In religious faith 
and fellowship a Universalist, for the past 
thirty-six years he has been superintendent of 
the Universalist Sunday-school; and he has 
been President of the United States and Can- 
ada Universalist General Convention. 

He married Louvisa C. Southgate, daughter 
of Mark Southgate, of Bridgewatcr, Vt., and 
has one child, Lizzie S. , who is one of the 
prominent alumnae of Smith College, where she 
was graduated in i888. She married the Rev. 
Lee S. McCollester, a graduate of Tufts Col- 
lege and Tufts Divinity School, who has also 
studied and travelled extensively abroad. He 
is now pastor of the Church of Our F'ather, a 
large and flourishing society in Detroit, 
Mich. His father, the Rev. S. H. McCol- 
lester, D.D., of Marlboro, N.H., is the 
author of valuable works of European travel. 

Mr. Parker, it may be added, is a descend- 
ant of Captain Joseph Parker, and a relative of 
the late Rev. Dr. A. A. Miner, a distin- 
guished divine of the Universalist faith, who 
was born in Lempster, and long a favorite 
among the church-goers of Boston, Mass. Mr. 
Parker, it has been well said, is "a citizen 
eminently public-spirited, heartily supporting 
all schemes of local improvement. He is lib- 
eral to a fault, and never hesitates to contrib- 
ute to any object for which his aitl is sought, 
unless convinced that there is sham and hy- 
pocrisy. For hypocrites and pretenders, 
whether in politics or religion, in ]mblic or 
in private, in business or in social life, he has 
a thorough and ardent contcniiit. In his in- 



t<.'i"(.'mirs(j willi men lie he-slows llic same con- 
sideration upon the i^oorest ami lunnlilest as 
upon the rich and exalted." 


X\)f ilAAAM SIIAVV, a farmer of Pitts- 
field, was horn here, December 25, 
1S33, son of Smith and Mary Jane 
(Garland) Shaw. The family is of Scotch 
origin, and descends from Joseph Shaw, its 
earliest known ancestor in America. The 
great-grandfather of William was Caleb Shaw, 
who was born May 9, 1718. On January 21, 
1742, he married Abigail Batcheldcr, daugh- 
ter of Deacon John Batcheldcr. Of their 
seven children John, the sixth chiUI and sec- 
ond son, and grandfather of William Shaw, 
was born in Exeter, N.IL, July 30, 1751. 
lie learned the machinist's trade, and fol- 
lowed it in connection with farming. He set- 
tled in I'ittsfield one hundred years ago, and a 
portion of his farm of two hundred acres is 
now owned by William Shaw. lie married 
for his first wife Molly ]*"olsom, daughter of 
John h'olsom, of Exeter; and she died leaving 
no children. On June ig, 17.S5, he wedded 
his 'first wife's sister, ]5etty l'"olsom, who bore 
him thirteen children, all now deceased. 

Smith Shaw, the seventh of his parents' 
children, was born in rittstield, August 6, 
1795. His entire life was passed in his na- 
tive town; and his active period was spent in 
the cultivation of a portion of his father's 
farm, which he inherited. He was widely 
known as an industrious and useful citizen. 
In politics he was a Democrat. He died at 
the age of seventy-six years, eight months, 
and eighteen days. His wife, Mary Jane, 
whom he married June 26, 1S17, was a daugh- 
ter of Amos Garland, of Ossipec, N.H. She 
became the mother of six children, of whom 
three are living — Abigail, John E., and 

William. Abigail was born April 22, 1820, 
and is the wife of Plummer Garland, of I'itts- 
field. John E., born February 13, 1828, mar- 
ried Sarah Brown, of Hamjiton Falls, N.H., 
and has two children — Ella and Josie. Will- 
iam Shaw's mother lived to reach the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-five years, nine months, 
and sixteen days. Both parents were mem- 
bers of the Free Will Baptist church. 

After working at shoemaking for a short 
time, William Shaw engaged in farming. 
He succeeded to the homestead of sixty acres, 
the most of which is under cultivation. He 
labored perseveringly for the prosperity he 
now enjoys. On December 25, 1870, he was 
united in marriage with Mary O. Foss, daugh- 
ter of Simon Foss, of Alton, N.H. She died 
August 8, 1894, leaving no children. Mrs. 
Shaw was a member of the Baptist church. 
Mr. Shaw is also in communion with the so- 
ciety and one of the most highly respected 
residents of Pittsfield. 

''rank W. FOSTER, a leading farmer 
and dairyman of Hill, was born in the 
town of Bristol, N.H., September 20, 
1859. His father, Wilson Foster, was born 
in Alexandria, N.H.; and Wilson's father, 
Joseph Foster, was a farmer well known in 
Bristol for many years. From Bristol Joseph 
removed to Merrimack, where he spent the 
latter part of his life, dying at the age of 
eighty years. His wife, in maidenhood Lydia 
Pattec, became the mother of nine children. 
Of these Wilson, the youngest son, was edu- 
cated in the public schools, and followed 
farming in Bristol for sixteen years. He then 
sold his property in that town, came to Hill, 
and there purchased a farm, upon which he 
has since made substantial improvements, in- 
cluding the erection of a house. He mar- 


ried Harriet Kelley, daughter of Alfred 
Kelley, of Hill; and their children are: 
Martha A., Ellen F., Emma, Frank W., and 
Hadley J. Martha is married, lives in Bris- 
tol, and has one son, Everett ; Emma, now 
deceased, married George Ballon, and had four 
children — Oscar, Grace M., Herbert, and 
Hattie; Ellen is now Mrs. Errol Morse; 
Hadley married Annie Little, and has one 

Mr. Frank Foster grew to manhood on his 
father's farm. Interested in farming from his 
youth, he adopted it as his occupation, and has 
prosperously followed it since. On his farm 
of about two hundred and fifty acres he raises 
large quantities of vegetables, and he past- 
ures as fine a herd of cattle as one could wish 
to see. His dairy yields about fifty pounds of 
"gilt-edge" butter each week. 

Mr. Foster married Cora B. Call, daughter 
of Joseph Call. Mr. and Mrs. Foster have 
two children — Alson F. and Ralph J. — upon 
whom is bestowed the most affectionate care. 
Both parents are members of the Christian 
Church of Hill, and are prominent in the 
grange. In politics Mr. Foster is a Demo- 
crat, and he cast his first Presidential vote for 
General Hancock. He is known in the com- 
munity as a man of the strictest integrity, as 
one ready to give active suj^port to every good 
cause, and a leader in benevolent and philan- 
thropic work. He is interested in the pub- 
lic affairs of the town, and has served on the 
Board of Selectmen. 


well-known farmer and lumber dealer 

(jf Plainfiekl, belongs to a family that 

came of luiglish yeomanry stock, and has been 

known for centuries in England for industry, 

sturdincss, and reliability. The name denotes 

the occupation of the founder of the fan)ily. 
In the fifteenth century the Bakers possessed 
considerable projierty in the north of England, 
and were known as being thrifty, industrious, 
and very tenacious of their rights. In 1650 
there were many of the name at Aylesbury, 
County of Bucks, who became followers of 
George Fo.x, the Quaker, and with him suffered 
imprisonment by order of Cromwell. Mr. 
Baker directly traces his ancestry to Jeffry 
Baker. Jeffry's son Joseph, who was born 
June 18, 1655, came to Ameiica and settled in 
Connecticut. Joseph's son, Joseph, Jr., born 
April 13, 1678, was twice married, first to 
Hannah Pomeroy, who had by him two sons, 
Joseph and Samuel. His second marriage was 
made with Abigail Bissell, who bore him nine 
children; namely, John, Hannah, Jacob, Abi- 
gail, Ebenezer, Daniel, Heman, Titus, and 
Abigail (second). In the third generation 
down was Heman, born April 27, 1719, who 
married Lois Gilbert, November 24, 1747. 
They had nine children — Heman, Anna, 
Deborah, John, Oliver, Abigail, Lois, De- 
light, and Lydia. 

Oliver Baker, in the fourth generation, who 
was born at Tolland, Conn., October 5, 1755, 
and received a medical education, purchased 
a farm in Plainfiekl, on which he settled, and 
was thereafter engaged in the jiractice of his 
profession until his death on October 3, 181 r. 
He was great grandfather of Mr. Frank De 
P'orrest Baker. Of his family of eleven sons 
some became physicians. Dimmick, born 
March 18, 1793, took up farming, and re- 
mained on the old homestead until his death. 
He married Hannah Colby, and had a family 
of five children — Elias, Hannah A., luiward 
D., Dr. Cyrus Baker, and Helen F. Hannah, 
after teaching successfully for some time, mar- 
ried Morrill Cutting, a prosjierous farmer of 
Newjiort, now deceased. Edward D., born 



April 21, iS'27, rc;id law at I'.nfickl, N.H., 
with the lioii.N. \V. Wcstgato, now (if Haver- 
Jiill, N.ll., and later entered the law office of 
the il(in. II. A. liellow.s, late Chief Justice of 
New Hampshire. lie was admitted to the bar 
of Sullivan County in July, 1851, and opened 
an office at Cornish l'"lat, wiiere he practised 
until October, 1855, when he removed to 
Claremont. He married l-llizabeth Ticknor on 
November 12, 185 1. Cyrus, who graduated 
in medicine at New York, was an army sur- 
geon (luring the Civil War. He first married 
Maltha J. I'resti^m, who bore him one child, 
Alice Haker. His second wife, whose maiden 
name is Anna Erskins, has been the mother of 
four children, one of whom is living. Helen 
1". married .Sheppard H. Cutting, a prosperous 
farmer of New]iort, N.H., and has iiad three 

Mlias Hakei', the father of the subject of 
this sketch, was born at Plainfield. After 
com|)lcting his education, he began his work- 
ing life as a farmer, managing his father's 
farms, and later being associated with his 
father on the homestead farm, where he lixed 
until his death. He was a man of superior 
intelligence and an apt student. It was his 
own ambition and the desire of his family to 
obtain a college education and prepare for a 
jirofessional career, but circumstances pre- 
vented this. He married Amelia I51anchard, 
and had a family of three children — Elsie A., 
l''rank D., and Charles D. l^Hsie, born June 
iC, 1848, was educated at Kimball Union 
Academy, and taught school very successfully 
until her marriage with Dr. J. H. IMartin, of 
Lebanon, N. H. Charles D., who is a hotel 
man in Arizona and owns considerable prop- 
erty, married Margaret Desmond. 

blank De Forrest Baker was born in Plain- 
field, April 8, 1 85 1. After receiving his 
education at the well-known Kimball Union 

Academy, he assisted his grandfather until the 
death of the latter. lie then engaged in 
farming and lumbering, and in raising cattle 
for the market. At one time he conducted a 
livery stable. He is active and energetic. 
Industrious and thrifty, he has acquired quite 
a competency. He married Sarah Moulton 
Scales, who was born June 10, 1855, daughter 
of Henry M. and Ann J. Scales, of Meriden. 
Mrs. Baker's grandfather, the Rev. Jacob 
Scales, was settled in Plainfield for many 
years. She has had four children: Cleon l*'. , 
born February 27, i<S73, now at Ilartland, 
Vt. ; Fred 11., born June 29, 1874, who died 
in April, 1878; Julia M., born Octtjber 31, 
1879, who died in January, 1894; and Edward 
M., born March 21, iSSr, now attending 
Kimball Union Academy. 

Mr. Baker is a member of the local grange. 
He attends the Congregational church, and 
is a liberal supporter of all its benevolences. 
He has never aspired for jiolitical honors, 
thinking his family and his business have 
needed his time and attention. 

}-^\l whose life was profitably spent as a 
farmer in Langdon and the immedi- 
ate vicinity, was born March 10, 1832, in 
Alstead, Cheshire County, son of James, Jr., 
and Sophia (Tuttle) Chandler. The grand- 
father, James Chandler, Sr., spent his life in 
Alstead, where he followed the occupation of 
a farmer. He married, and had a large family 
of children. When he died, he was the oldest 
Mason in New Hampshire. James Chandler, 
Jr., born in Alstead, September 20, 1801, 
besides farming was also engaged in the hotel 
business; and he was prosperous in both. 
The first of his three marriages was contracted 
with Sophia Tuttle; his second, with her 



sister Nancy; and his third, with Mary 
Stowell Tuttle, the widow of their brother. 
There were two children by the first union — 
William James Chandler; and a daughter that 
died in childhood. 

William James Chandler received a good 
practical education in the common school. 
Shortly after leaving school he went to work 
at farming, and continued to pursue that occu- 
pation throughout the rest of his life, which 
was chiefly spent in Langdon. He was one 
who enjoyed life thoroughly, and his quick 
wit and humorous sayings gave pleasure to all 
about him. At the same time, a man of 
sterling worth, he was held in high esteem by 
his neighbors. While he did not desire or 
seek office, he never failed to take due interest 
in the welfare of his town. He died Decem- 
ber 6, 1893, in the sixty-second year of his 
age. Mr. Chandler married Miss Augusta H. 
Mellish, who was born in Langdon, N.H., 
August 10, 1839, daughter of Samuel and 
Huldah (Lane) Mellish. No children were 
born to them. Since his death Mrs. Chand- 
ler has resided in Langdon. 

^^CV/1LLI.\M H. HARTWELL, the 
proprietor of a thriving grocery 
business in Pittsfield, was born in 
Groton, Mass., September 5, 1833, son of 
Aniasa and Mary (Patch) Hartwell. The 
paternal grandfather, also named Amasa, was 
a |)rosperous farmer of Shirley, Mass., his 
native town, and had si.xteen children, none of 
whom are living. Amasa Hartwell, father of 
the subject of this sketch, and a native of 
Shirley, Mass., served an apjirenticeship at the 
carpenter's trade, and was engaged in the man- 
ufacture of sofas in Boston and Charlestown, 
Mass., for five years. Subsequently he 
worked at his trade in the towns of Hrookline, 

Amherst, Milford, and Nashua of this State. 
Finally he took up his residence in Groton, 
where he followed farming for the rest of his 
life, and died at the age of eighty-nine years. 
A man of excellent character, he stood high in 
the estimation of his neighbors. In politics 
he was originally a Democrat, but later he 
supported the Republican party. His wife, 
Mary, who was a native of Ilollis, NIL, be- 
came the mother of four sons — Henry T. 
George E. , William B. , and Albert A. 
Henry T. married Lizzie Beadie, of Ames- 
bury, Mass., who died leaving two sons — Ar- 
thur and Harry. George E. wedded Mary 
Dow, of Amherst, N. IL, who died leaving 
three children — Herbert, Albert, and Mary. 
Albert A. married Helen F. Cummings, of 
Reading, Mass., and has one son — Leon A., 
who was born F'ebruary 6, 1880. Mrs. Amasa 
Hartwell lived to the age of eighty years. 
She and her husband were members of the 
Baptist church. 

William B. Hartwell attended the schools of 
Charlestown, Brookline, .Mass., and Andierst, 
N.H. When his studies were finished, he 
learned the carpenter's trade, and followed it as 
a journeyman for a time. He then engaged in 
the manufacture of water pails in Amherst, 
and continued in that business four years. 
Moving to Wilton, N. H., he worked at his 
trade in that town for seven years, and then, 
in 1871, settled in Pittsfield. Llere he bought 
a saw-mill, located upon the Suncook River, 
and engaged in the manufacture of lumber. 
He also continued to work at his trade at 
intervals until 1S92, when he opened a gro- 
cery, which now has a large number of pa- 
trons. In connection with his store he op- 
erates a grist-mill, grinding a large quantity 
of grain and feed annually. 

On April 19, 1S57, Mr. Hartwell married 
Ann M. Vose, daughter of Samuel \'ose, of 



Amherst. Mrs. Ilartwell is the mother of 
throe chikhen — ^ I'"rai)k II., luiima, and 
Cliarlos K. I'"raiik II. iiiarrietl Annie Gray, 
(laughter of Artiiur Gray, ami lias one son, 
Roland, llmma is the wife uf William I'. 
Adams, iif I'ittsfield, and has nine children — 
Samuel T. , I''lorence, I'hilip li., Joseph, 
Kiitli, Ann, I'aul, Rachel, and Lydia. 
Charles I'", married Kate Loiigee, of this town, 
and has no children. Mr. Ilartwell was for a 
number of years Chief of the I'ittsfield T'ire 
Department, and is still connected with it. 
He takes an interest in public affairs, and in 
]iolitics he acts with the Republican party. 
He is hiL;hlv esteemed both in business and 
social circles, and also by his brother Masons 
and Otld I'ellows. 15oth he and Mrs. Ilart- 
well are members of the Congregational 


[.ARI.TOX HURD, a of New- 
port, and the President of the Sugar 
River Savings Bank, was born in 
Newport, October 7, 1842, son of Isaac B. and 
Emaline (Dow) Ilurd. Nathan Hurd, the 
great-grandfather, came from the State of 
Connecticut to Newport among the first set- 
tlers, taking land on which he passed the rest 
.of his life. Levi, his son, was a tanner and 
shoemaker, and had one of the first tanneries 
in the town. Afterward Levi was engaged in 
farming and shoemaking, and he died at the 
age of seventy-three. His wife, Anna Brad- 
ley Hurd, was born in Haverhill, Mass. 
They were both members of the Congrega- 
tional church. 

Isaac B. Hurd, the father, born June 15, 
1815, has spent his life in Newport, chiefly 
occupied in farming. He was a sturdy and 
industrious man and a good farmer. He re- 
tired from active occupation some time ago, 
and now lives in the village with his son. In 

politics he was a Republican, and he was a 
member of the Methodist l''piscopal church. 
His wife, a native of Newpf)rt, born in Janu- 
ary, 1 8 16, died in Janu.iry, iS<j2. He has 
three children living — Carlton, Nancy, and 

Brought up and educated in Newport, Carl- 
ton Hurd devoted his early life to farming. 
At twenty-one he engaged in the drug busi- 
ness for Mr. Howe. Soon after he bought out 
his emidoyer, since which time he has con- 
ducted the business on his own account. Mr. 
Hurd has a good store, and carries a full line 
of drugs, also stationery and fancy goods, fine 
candies, and so forth. On January 3, 1S72, 
he married Mariette Garfield, a native fif 
Charlestown, N.H. They have no children. 
.Mr. I hud has liberal views in religion, and 
attends the Methodist Kpiscopal church. He 
is a Republican, and he represented Newjiort 
in the legislature of 1895-96. He is now a 
Director and the President of the Sugar River 
Savings Bank. Farming and lumbering, fol- 
lowed to some e.xtent, are also sources of in- 
come to him. A self-made, industrious, and 
successful man, he is highly respected in the 


/ 2) liORGK H. SAVAGE, now living 
\J5 I in retirement in Henniker village, 
was born December 25, 1855, in 
Orford, Grafton County, son of John A. and 
Maria (Edmester) Savage. His father was 
born and bred in Grafton Coimty, and his 
mother in Everett, Mass. When a boy of six- 
teen, he left home determined to make his 
own way in the world. Going to Massachu- 
setts, he located in Charlestown, where he 
began his active career as a peddler of milk 
and cream. Purchasing his supplies from the 
large dairies of Hillsborough and Henniker, 
this county, he had it shipped to a distribut- 



ing depot in Boston, employing several milk 
wagons in order to meet the demands of his 
extensive patronage. Three years ago, after 
carrying on a profitable business for twenty- 
two 3'ears, he came to Henniker, and pur- 
chased his present home, the J. H. Abbin 
estate, next to that of Colonel Cogswell. 

Mr. Savage is an ardent sportsman, fond of 
the gun and rod, especially delighting in 
partridge hunting, in which he has good suc- 
cess. He and a friend, with the assistance of 
his pair of fine-bred pointers, bagged about 
four hundred partridge last season, that of 
1896. In company with his brother, A. A. 
Savage, of Ncwtonville, another lover of the 
chase, he makes very successful trips annually 
to the Maine woods in search of deer. 

Mr. Savage was married August 2, 1 88 1, to 
Miss Nettie C. Clayton, daughter of William 
and Sarah Clayton, of Boston, Mass. She 
died August 31, 1S95, leaving five children; 
namely, George, lulgar H., Bessie K., Rob- 
ert VV., and Mlla L. He was again mar- 
ried on April 26, 1896, to Miss Christie B. 
McLane, of Belmont, Mass. 


(if the influential men of Plainfield, 
and well known throughout the 
county, was born here, January 26, 1838, son of 
.Stephen R. and Sally (Noyes) Moulton. His 
grandfather was William Moulton, one of the 
first of the name to settle in this jxirt of the 
country. William took up a grant of land in 
a part of Grantham now belonging to Plain- 
field, and built upon it at first a log house. 
By industriously following the occupation of 
farmer he acquired a considerable property, 
which later became the foundation of the 
wealth of the present generation of Moultons. 
An honest, fair-dealing man, he had the full 

respect of all who knew him. In religious 
faith he was a Methodist. By his first mar- 
riage he had two children — Judith and Will- 
iam. By his second marriage there were seven 
children, namely: William; Kmery; Myrick ; 
Samuel; Stephen; Jane; and a daughter who 
married Daniel Noyes, of Plaistow. William 
settled in business for himself in Cicero, 
N. Y., and was also interested in a cooperage 
and in farming. He accumulated considerable 
money, married, and raised a family of chil- 
dren. Myrick, who also went to Cicero, fol- 
lowed the trade of cooper, was engaged in 
agriculture, and died about two years ago. 
Samuel lived on the homestead nearly all his 
life, and was twice married. He first married 
Ruth Brown, of Strafford, Vt. ; and she bore 
him three children. His second marriage was 
contracted with Mrs. Ford, daughter of Judge 
Jackson, of Cornish. After this marriage he 
went West with his wife to Lakeland, Minn., 
where he died. He was well-to-do, and had 
been very prominent in town affairs in Grant- 
ham and in Plainfield. He was Selectman of 
both towns, was a legislative Representative, 
Justice of the Peace, and Notary Public; and 
he acted as the lawyer of the district. Jane 
married William Wright, of Cicero, N. Y., a 
prosperous farmer; and she has no children. 

.Stephen R. Moultmi, born May 8, 1S05, 
received his education at Kindiall Union 
Academy, and then taught school for manv 
years. After his man Inge he moved to the 
old homestead and stayed there for sume years. 
He finally sold his interest in the estate to his 
brother Samuel, bought the ]5uzzel place, situ- 
ated on Methodist Hill, and lived there for 
some nine or ten years. He then bought the 
Harris place and the Pool jilace, which to- 
gether made a large farm. He carried on 
general farming and raised considerable 
cattle. In addition to this he managed a large 



store Icir ;j;ciK'nil nicichaiulisc in |iarlii(jrship 
with Mr. Morj^aii. Active in local affairs, he 
was a Selectman and lc<;islative J'J.eprescnta- 
tive, and was respected to a degree only sec- 
ond to the palish minister. lie altendcii the 
Unitarian church. His wife Sally, who came 
from Plaistow, N.I I., was born May 2.S, 1813. 
She liecame the mnlhcr of five children; 
namely, h'rederick, Darius N., an infant 
ilaughter, Joseph Sidney, and l-^Ila. All were 
natives of I'lainfield except ]'"rcderick, who 
was horn July 11, 1S36, at Grantham, and is 
a popular and piosperous merchant of Lebanon. 
Joseph S., horn April 13, 1851, is the popular 
pastor of the Unitarian church at Stow, Mass. 
Ella, born Sejitember 16, 1853, taught school 
for some time after her graduation from Kim- 
ball Academy, and at length married Mr. 
George I'. Doty, of Meriden. She has two 
children — Lena M. and George 1'"., Jr. 

After finishing with school, Darius Noyes 
Monlton woiked on the home farm with his 
father, remaining until the death of the latter. 
When he was twenty-one years old, his father 
gave him a share in the business; and together 
they went into stock-raising to a considerable 
extent. Vov the jxist twenty-five years Mr. 
Moulton has done a large amount of trading in 
farms, horses, cattle, and real estate of various 
kinds, besides carrying on the farm. He has 
become a wealth)' man, and is to-day regarded 
as one of the scdid business men of the town. 
He owns a number of farms, and has helped 
many a poor man in securing a comfortable 
home and a good farm. Of a generous dispo- 
sition, he cannot resist an appeal for aid when 
his sympathies are aroused. Although con- 
stantly engaged in all sorts of transactions, he 
was never known to take an unfair advantage. 
Public-si)irited to a high degree, he is inter- 
ested in everything that concerns the welfare 
or progress of his native town. Me has filled 

various town offices with credit to himself and 
in a manner worthy of the family name. Mr. 
Moulton attends the Unitarian church, and is 
a liberal benefactor not only of that church, 
but of all the others in the town. lie has been 
a great traveller, having journeyed all over the 
United States and Canada. Since 1885 Mr. 
Moulton, in comiiany with Mr. Roberts, the 
Town Clerk of Meriden, N. If., has owned and 
operated the large store owned ffjrmerly by 
E. E. Clark. 

in 11 UR C. GRAVliS, the station 
a^ent of the Hoston & Maine Railroad 
in Henniker, was born in Andover, 
N. H., November 7, 1S57, son of John and 
Ann (Clifford) Graves. He is a descendant 
of John Graves, wdio came in 1792 from 
Kingston, N.I I., and settled on the Graves 
homestead in Andover. Jesse Graves, son of 
John and grandfather of Arthur C. , f)ccu]iied 
the farm, and died at the age of fifty-four 
years. The father, who was born in Andf)ver, 
and succeeded to the property, was engaged in 
cultivating and improving the farm during the 
active period of his life, and died at the age of 
si.\ty-two years. His wife, Ann, was a native 
of Hebron, Grafton County. Their son, Wil- 
ton V. Graves, is the present ])roprietor cf the 

Arthur C. Graves began his education in 
New London, N.II., and later attended Tilton 
Semin.iry and I'roctor .Academy, where he was 
fitted for college. He returned to the farm, 
however; and, with the exception of two years 
spent in Massachusetts, he remained there 
until he was twenty-six years old. In 18S4 
he entered the railroad service at East An- 
dover, learned telegraphy, and for a lime was 
assistant operator at East Andover and Potter 
Place. He has been station agent at Henni- 



ker since 1S85, and now superintends the busi- 
ness of several trains per day. He is also ex- 
press agent, and lias an assistant. In politics 
he is a Democrat, although he supported 
Palmer and Buckner in the last national cam- 
paign. He has been a delegate to party con- 
ventions, and has served as Town Treasurer, 
Supcrvisoi', and a Trustee of the Free Library 
Association for two years. He is well versed 
in scientific subjects and in those of general 

On September 6, 1SS5, Mr. Graves was 
united in marriage with Ida J. Prince, of 
Salisliury, N. H. She was born in Orange, 
N.H., daughter of David S. Prince, who is 
now a well-known resident of Salisbury. She 
was a schoolmate of her husband, and previous 
to her marriage was engaged in teaching. Mr. 
Graves is connected with the Masonic frater- 
nity and the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows; and for two years he was Master of Bear 
Hill Grange, of Henniker. Mrs. Graves at- 
tends the Congregational church. 

15FNEZER B. SARGENT, one of the 
best known farmers of Pittsfield and a 
veteran of the Civil War, was born 
in Loudon, N.H., April 11, 1821, son of 
Eljjnczer and Annie (Batchelder) Sargent. 
]5enjamin Sargent, the father of Eibenezer, 
served as a scout under General Washington 
during the Revolutionary War, and later be- 
came a Baptist minister. He preached in 
Pittsfield from 1808 to 1819, and died at the 
age of fifty-eight years. The maiden name of 
his wife was luinice Lindell. Of their seven 
children who reached maturity I^benezer, the 
second son, was born in Bow, N.IL, in 1789. 
He learned the carpenter's trade in Pittsfield, 
and followed it in Pittsfield, Loudon, and 
Epsom until he was fifty years old. The re- 

mainder of his life was passed in farming, and 
he died in Pittsfield at the age of seventy-five 
years. Originally a Whig in politics, he 
later joined the Free Soil party. His wife 
reached the age of eighty-eight. Both were 
members of the Baptist church. 

Ebenezer B. Sargent passed his early boy- 
hood in Loudon and b^psom, and was educated 
in the .schools of Pittsfield. He subsequently 
learned the shoemaker's trade, at which he 
worked for many years in this town. After 
the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted 
as a private in the First New Hampshire Ar- 
tillery, and in the service was detached from 
his regiment and placed on duty in the Mary- 
land Hospital at Camp Sumner, where he was 
until the close of the war. After his retmn 
to Pittsfield he engaged in agricultural ]nir- 
suits. He owns a farm of tiiirty acres, and 
has cultivated his property successfully since 
relinquishing his former calling. In politics 
he is a Republican. He receives a pension 
for his services in the war; and he is a com- 
rade of Post W. K. Cobb, No. 29, G. A. R., 
of Pittsfield. He is a member of the Free 
Will Baptist church. 

On October 9, 1849, Mr. Sargent married 
Abigail Philbrick, of Epsom. She was the 
mother of nine children, of whom there are 
living — Almira M., Abbie F. , Charles C, 
and Mary E. Abbie ¥. is the wife of Edwin 
C. Emerson, of Pittsfield; and her children 
are: Winnifred R., Hattie 1?., Iwa M., and 
Abbie 15. Charles C. married lulith L. 
Knowlton, of this town, and lias a family of 
five children — Grace E., Lew G., Ralph L., 
Charles R., and Edith P. Mary I"^. succes- 
sively married Charles H. Whipple and Clar- 
ence Huntoon, and has one son by her first 
union, Ralph C. Mrs. Ebenezer B. Sargent 
died at the age of si.\ty-five years. .She was 
a member of the I'ree Will Baiitist chnrrli. 

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^ '^^TvArnGK CIIASI'; FRI':KMAN, one of 
\ ST the best known dairy farmers and 
cattle breeders in I'lainfield, was 
boin in Cornisli,, /\iifjnst 26, 1819, 
son of Cyrus and Sarali (Dow) Freeman. The 
fjrandfather, Daniel I'reeman, who was a 
native of Connecticut, moved his family 
to I'lainfiLdd, where he engaged in farming, 
lie also kei)t a hotel in Lebanon, N.II., for a 
number of years. The maiilen name of his 
fu'st wife was Dow. That of his second wife 
is unknown. Ilis children were: Cyrus, 
Daniel, lienjaniin, Josci)h, Deborah, and 
Mercy. Benjamin, who was a farmer, married 
luidocia Chi Ids, and reared a family; Jo- 
seph, who resided upon a farm in I'lainfield, 
married Folly Johnson, and hail one child; 
Deborah became Mrs. Chase, and reared a 
family; Mercy died in infancy. 

Cyrus F'reeman, father of George C, ac- 
companied his parents from Connecticut, and 
was reared upon a farm in I'lainfield. fie 
tilled the soil industriously and with success 
during the active period of his life, devoting 
his entire attention to the cultivation and im- 
provement of his farm. His first wife, a na- 
tive of Cornish, whose maiden name was 
Persis Chase, had no children. His second 
marriage was contracted with Sarah Dow, who 
was born in Salisbury, N.II., in 177S, daugh- 
ter of Jeremiah Dow. She bore him eight 
children; namely, John T., Sarah, Persis, 
Forest, Susan, Daniel D., Tamesin K., and 
George C. John T. married for his first wife 
Ursula Chase, of Cornish, who bore him 
three children. His second wife was a lady 
i)f I'lHinfieUl, whose maiden name was Durenda 
Penniman. His third marriage united him to 
Sarah Wyman, of Cornish. Sarah, born in 
iSoo, died in 1826. Persis married Benjamin 
L. l'\iller, a prosperous farmer and hotel- 
keeper of this town, and had five chiklren, of 

whom four are living. Forest, who engaged 
in farming, married Nancy Penniman, of 
Windsor, Vt., and reared a family. Su.san 
became the wife of Fnos Spauhling, a black- 
smith of I'lainfield, and has a family. 
Daniel D., who was a farmer, wedded Mary 
Marcy, and reared children. Tamesin K. 
married Isaac C. Ilarroun, of Barre, Vt., a 
blacksmith by trade, and had children. Mrs. 
Cyrus F'reeman lived to be eighty-two years 
old, and died in i860. 

George Chase Freeman acquired his educa- 
tion in the schools of I'lainfield and Cornish. 
After finishing his studies, he assisted his 
father upon the homestead farm. He later 
bought of his brother-in-law, Benjamin L. 
F'uller, the farm upon which he now resides. 
This property, containing nearly four hundred 
acres of land located uj^on the banks of the 
Connecticut River, occupies an eminence 
overlooking the valley. Besides carrying on 
general farming and dairying, Mr. F'reeman 
has been an extensive breeder of cattle, sheep, 
and horses. His son is now in partnership 
with him. They have some excellent Durham 
cows, si.x fine horses of noted pedigree, among 
which is a mare that last fall made a record 
of 2. 17. 

Mr. F'reeman married Sarah Ward, who was 
born June 19, 1824, in Marlboro, daughter of 
William Ward. She has bad four children, 
namely: Frances R., born March 7, 1846; 
William W., born June 29, 1848; Nellie 
May, born June 25, 1855; and Fllizabcth 
Marion, born December 20, 1863. I' ranees 
R. married the Rev. R. C. Bell, of Connecti- 
cut, and had three children. William W. 
completed his education at the Kimball 
Union Academy, and has been of valuable as- 
sistance to his father in managing the farm. 
He possesses a practical knowledge of all 
branches of agriculture, and has acquired a 



wide reputation as a breeder of fine cattle and 
horses. Nellie May is the wife of Samuel P. 
Wood, a wealthy resident of Lebanon, N. H., 
and has two children. Elizabeth Marion, who 
attended the Kimball Union Academy, and 
subsequently graduated from Wellesley Col- 
lege, Wellesley, Mass., married George F. 
Chandler, a native of Strafford, Vt., and has 
one child. Her husband is a graduate of Dart- 
mouth College, and is now engaged in farm- 
ing upon scientific principles. 

Mr. Freeman is one of the most prominent 
residents of Plainfield. His strict adherence 
to high principles has gained for him a warm 
place in the hearts of his neighbors and fel- 
low-townsmen. Although he takes a deep in- 
terest in the general welfare of the town, he 
has never aspired to political honors, as his 
time has always been absorbed by his large 
farming operations. 


6 1 iThODORK M. TOGUS, M.D., a 
J I well-known and skilful i)hysician of 
Hookset, Merrimack County, was born 
in the Province of Quebec, April 21, 1853, 
son of Edward Togus. His grandfather, Joel 
Togus, who followed the trade of a carpenter 
in Quebec throLighout his life, died at the age 
of sixty-four years. The father, also a native 
of Quebec, born in 1832, was a successful 
agriculturist there for many years. He mar- 
ried Miss Josephine Maynard, who was like- 
wise born in Quebec; and they became the 
parents of eight children. Of these there are 
now living: Theodore IVL, ICdward, John, 
Isaac, Jennie, Julia, and Mary. ICdvvard mar- 
ried, and has one child, Jessie; Jennie married 
Oliver ]5ird, and has four chiUlren; Julia is 
the wife of Lewis Busiere, and has four chil- 
dren ; and May is the wife of lulmund Busiere, 
and has five children. The mother passed 

away in 1S72, and the father in 1SS7. ]k)th 
were pious and active members of the Ba[)tist 
church of IMackinton, Mass. 

Theodore M. Togus received the larger part 
of his education in New England. First at- 
tending the schools of Shelburne Falls, Vt., 
then pursuing his studies in Concord, N. H., 
he graduated from the medical department of 
the University of Vermont at Burlington in 
1886. The Doctor began the practice of his 
profession in the manufacturing city of Lowell, 
Mass. I'rom there he went to Concord, N.H., 
in 1887. Subsequently he purchased the 
practice of Dr. Randall in Hookset, where he 
has since been actively employed in his pro- 
fessional duties. His acknowledged ability 
has won for him a fair share of the patronage 
of the place. 

Dr. Togus was married December 25, 1878, 
to Miss Fannie Simmons, daughter of John 
C. and Frances Lane Simmons, of Concord, 
N.H. Of their four children two died in in- 
fancy. The others are: LeoiJoUl T., born No- 
vember 6, 1S80, at Bluffton, Minn.; and Alice 
M., born in Concord, N.H., June 17, 1884. 
In politics Dr. Togus is a Republican. Tak- 
ing much interest in the affairs of the town, 
he has served as Supervisor, and has been a 
member of the Hookset School Board for the 
past two years. He belongs to Jewell Lodge, 
No. 29, I'. & A. M., of Suncook; and to 
Friendship Lodge, No. 19, I. O. O. F., of 
Hookset. Born and bred in a Christian home, 
he has never dejjartetl from the faitii that sus- 
tained his parents through life; and both he 
and his wife are members of the Baptist 

lARKER ITLLSBURY, a veteran of 
the anti-slavery movement, one of the 
few survivors of the earnest, intrepid 
band of [iliilantiiropists and reformers who for 





nearly half a century, in journcyings oft, in 
harcl.slii[js and perils, devoted themselves to 
pleading the cause of the oi)|)ressed, denounc- 
ing ini(iuiUnis laws and practices, and demand- 
ing the removal of the yoke that held a race 
in cruel bondage, is now passing the serene 
sunset of a life of diligent and beneficent ac- 
livit)' in retirement at his home in Concord, Son of Deacon Oliver and Anna 
(Smi'di) I'iUsbury, and the eldest of a family 
of eleven children, I\Ir. I'iUsbury was born 
in Hamilton, Essex Coimty, Mass., September 

22, 1809. 

His father, a native of Newbury, Mass., 
son of Tarker, first, and Sarah (Dickinson) 
I'illsinn-y, was of the sixth generation in de- 
scent from William Pillsbury, who married 
Deborah Crosby in Dorchester, Mass., in 
1641, and afterward settled in Newbury, the 
line being continued as follows: William's 
son Moses, his grandson, Moses, Jr., and his 
great-grandson, I\Ioses, third, who married 
Mary Parker, and was the father of Parker 
Pillsbury, first. Oliver Pillsbury, when four 
years old, was taken by his parents to West 
Boscawen, now Webster, N.H., and there grew 
to manhood. At nineteen years of age he re- 
turned to Newbury, Mass., where he learned 
the>blacksmith"s trade; and after that he com- 
pleted his schooling at Dummer Academy. 
While there he made the accpiaintance of his 
future wife, Anna Smith, daughter of Phile- 
mon Smith. They were married December S, 
1S08, and settled in Hamilton, Alass. , he 
working at his trade till 1814, when the iiard 
times caused by the war with England led him 
to remove to a farm in llenniker, N.H., to 
buy which he incurred a debt of fifteen hun- 
dred dollars. With the conclusion of pcaco 
the price of farm produce fell, and to free 
himself from this burden cost many years of 
severe toil. Public-spirited and religious, a 

Deacon in the church, active in Sunday- 
school, he was earnestly interested in temper- 
ance and the abcjlition of slavery, and was ever 
ready to lend a hand to local benevolent enter- 
prises. He died in 1857, his wife, a most 
estimable woman, of strong character, outliv- 
ing him about twelve years, retaining her 
faculties to a remarkable degree at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-four. They had been 
bereft of three children, and were survived by 
eight, namely: Parker; Josiah \V., father of 
Albert K., ex-Attorney General of Massachu- 
setts; Gilbert; Oliver, Jr.; Eliza A.; Har- 
riet; Mary S. ; and Moses D. 

Parker, the special subject of this sketch, 
acquired such education in his boyhood as was 
afforded by the district schools of Henniker, 
and at an early age began to help in the work 
of the home farm. When about twenty years 
old he went to live in Lynn, Mass., and was 
for some time thereafter employed in driving 
an express wagon from Lynn to 15oston. Re- 
turning to Henniker, he again devoted himself 
to farming. Uniting with the church a year 
or two later, he engaged zealously in religious 
work; and, being urged to prepare himself for 
the ministry, he pursued a course of study at 
Gilmanton, N.H., and at the Andover Theo- 
logical Seminary, "in less than four years 
from the reaper and the plough " was licensed 
to preach, and for a year, 1839-40, had charge 
of a parish at Loudon, N.PL In the mean 
time his sympathies and his strong sense of 
justice had been aroused in behalf of the 
Southern slaves, and in the spring of 1839, 
undertaking a short lecturing and financial 
agency for the Massachusetts Anti-slavery So- 
ciety, he delivered his first lecture on the sub- 
ject of slavery in Eitchburg, Mass. Leaving 
the Congregational church and pulpit in 1S40, 
he began his "anti-slavery apostleship" in 
New Hampshire, his first work being to con- 



duct the Flciald of Freedom for a few months 
in the absence of its editor, Nathaniel P. 
Rogers. In the autumn he entered "the lect- 
ure field with the full resolve," as he says, 
"to see the overthrow of the Southern slave 
system or perish in the conflict." An es- 
teemed associate of Garrison and Phillips, of 
Rogers and Foster, of Douglass and others, he 
engaged heart and soul in the greatest mis- 
sionary movement of the age, denouncing the 
"sum of all villanies," and fearlessly reason- 
ing of truth, rigliteousness, and judgment to 
come. A book written by Mr. Pillsbury, 
published in 1883, entitled "Acts of the 
Anti-slavery Apostles," presents a graphic 
series of pen pictures of a character sufifi- 
ciently indicated by its title, and is a valuable 
contribution to the history of that thirty 
years of stress and storm. 

The work of Mr. Pillsbury himself and the 
esteem in which he was held by his fellow- 
laborers, who knew him best, may be judged 
from a few citations that follow, the first from 
the pen of Nathaniel P. Rogers in the Herald 
of Freedom in October, 1842; the second and 
third from the "Life of William Lloyd Garri- 
son," vol. iii. 

"The abolitionists of the country ought to 
know Parker Pillsbury better than they do. I 
know him for all that is noljle in soul and 
powerful in talent and eloquence. He is one 
of the strong men of our age." 

"Could you know him and liis liistory," 
wrote Wendell Phillips to I-llizabeth Pease in 
'^^^53' "yoii would value him. Originally a 
wagoner, he earned enough to get educated. 
When just reatly to be settled, the faculty of 
Andover Theological Seminary threatened him 
that they would never recommend him to a 
parish unless he gave up speaking in anti- 
slavery meetings. He chose us, and sacri- 
ficed all the benefits (worldly and pecuniary) 

of his hard-earned education. His course 
since has been worthy of this beginning." 

James Russell Lowell, in his rhyming letter 
to the Pennsylvania Freeman, describing th.e 
reunited abolitionists at the Anti-slavery 
Bazaar in Boston in December, 1846, portrays 
with a few bold strokes this dauntless cham- 
pion of freedom : — 

" Beyond, a crater in each eye. 

Sways brown, broad-shouldered Pillsbury, 

Who tears up words like trees by the roots, 

A Theseus in stout cowhide boots, 

The wager of eternal war 

Against the loathsome Minotaur 

To whom we sacrifice each year 

The best blood of our Athens here — 

A terrible denouncer he. 

Old .Sinai burns unquenchably 

Upon his lips : he well might be a 

Hot-blazing soul from fierce Judea — 

Habakkuk, Kzra. or Hosea — 

His words burn as with iron searers."' 

As was inevitable, in Mr. Pillsbury's book 
are recorded dark and shameful passages of 
American history. Impressive and pleasing 
is the account given of the memorable con- 
vention at Nantucket in August, 1841, where 
Frederick Douglass made his first appearance 
on the anti-slavery platform, and in a speech, 
rising to the importance of the occasion and 
the dignity of his theme, wrought the crowded 
congregation up "almost to enchantment." 
Long afterward Mr. Garrison, having just 
passed the threescore-and-ten milestone of 
life's journey, wrote to Mr. Pillsbury in reply 
to a congratulatory letter, in which tlie Doug- 
lass incident had been alludeil to among 
others. We quote but in jxirt : — 

'^ Dear friend Pillsbury, — I did not mean 
that a fortnight should elapse before answer- 
ing your letter, tiie receipt of which gave me 
much pleasure, not only because of the stir- 
ring memories of Auld Lang Syne awakened 
by it, but also for its very kind and fraternal 
spirit. . . . 


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"^'olll• c-oming into llic fuld of conflict 
was specially timely, and displayed on your 
part rare moral courage and a martyr readi- 
ness to meet whatever of religious oblotjuy, 
j)opular derision, social outlawry, mobocratic 
violence, or deadly peril, might confront you 
as the outspoken and uncompromising advo- 
cate of immediate and unconditional emanci- 
pation. l*"or then the aspect of things was 
peculiarly disheartening, a formidable schism 
existing in the anti-slavery ranks, and the pro- 
slavery elements of the country in furious 
commotion, l^ut you stood at your post with 
the faithfulness of an Abdiel; and, whether 
men would hear or forbear, you did not at any 
time to the end of the struggle fail to speak 
in thunder tones in the ear of the nation, ex- 
posing its blood-guiltiness, warning it of the 
wratli to come, ami setting forth the duty of 
thorough re[)entance and restitution. If you 
resorted to a ram's horn instead of a silver 
trumpet, it was because thus only could the 
walls of our slave-holding Jericho be shaken to 
their overthrow. . . . 

"You, too, have seen of the travail of your 
soul, and may well be satisfied. Laiis Deo. 


Of the prominent workers in the anti-slavery 
contlict only two besides Mr. I'illsbury now 
(1897) survive; namely, the Rev. Samuel May 
and Charles K. Whipple. Mr. I'illsbury, it 
may be mentioned, was one of the trustees, 
with absolute discretion, to whom Mr. Charles 
F. Hovey, a merchant of Boston, dying in 
1859, left forty thousand dollars to be used in 
behalf of anti slavery, woman's rights, and 
other reforms dear to his heart. Much to the 
regret of Mr. Pillsbury, owing to the exi- 
gencies of the Civil War and the pressing 
needs of the colored race during that period 
the whole amount was expended before any of 

it could be devoted to the interests of interna- 
tional peace, of which he has long been a 
stanch advocate. Since the close of the war 
Mr. I'illsbury, by voice and pen, has also 
lab(jrcd valiantly in behalf of temperance and 
woman suffrage, publishing and circulating 
over fifteen thou.sand tracts devoted to his 
favorite reforms. Disbelieving in govern- 
ment by force, he belongs to no political 
party, and he never votes. 

From his boyhood up, the home life of Mr. 
I'illsbury has been a happy one, the domestic 
atmosphere cheerful and invigorating, of 
New England's best type. On January i, 
1840, he was united in marriage with Sarah 
H. Sargent, daughter of Dr. John L. and 
Sally (Wilkins) Sargent, of Concord, N.II. 
Mrs. Pillsbury was born in Loudon, Merri- 
mack County, N.H. Her father. Dr. John 
L. Sargent, was born in Chester, Rockingham 
County, N.II. He was a very successful phy- 
sician and surgeon, ami had an extensive prac- 
tice. Her mother, Sally Wilkins, daughter 
of Deacon Jonathan Wilkins, of Concord, 
N.H., was a woman of rare excellence of 
character, of refined taste and culture, being 
an extensive and appreciative reader. 

In this connection the biographer desires to 
say that Mrs. Pillsbury, whose portrait right- 
fully appears w^ith her husband's in this vol- 
ume, was not only an ardent sympathizer with 
him in his anti-slavery work, but was most 
efficient in co-operation with him. It was 
hers to keep the domestic fire burning while 
he was away, to exercise an economy and thrift 
unknown to the present generation, that her 
husband's time and means might be wholly 
devoted to the overthrow of slavery. This 
wife gave her husband the encouraging word 
when he left the home, and bade him God- 
speed with a cheery voice, when her heart was 
sad as the grave; for she knew that her be- 



loveil husband was liable any day to be 
trampled or beaten to death by an angry mob, 
and his mangled form hurled with a slur 
across the hearthstone, or perchance an assas- 
sin's bullet would destroy the life that was 
her very soul. What ostracism she underwent 
in social life! She withdrew from the church 
in which her life was inwrought rather than 
partake of the sacred emblems from the hand 
of a minister who sanctioned the slavery of 
human beings. How her soul ached with that 
of her husband, and how sad the family circle 
when poor Sims was remanded from Boston's 
court-house to Southern slavery, and again 
when the hero martyr, John Brown, was 
legally murdered.' 

The writer regards it as an honor and a 
privilege to show in this sketch that in those 
days that tried men's souls there were women 
as well as men who toiled through dark days, 
and worried and wept through sleepless nights, 
that there might be accomplished what after 
years of bloodshed we witness in America 
to-day — perfect freedom of all God's chil- 
dren, without regard to color, race, sex, or 
sect. And so on the page of history, beside 
that of the anti-slavery hero and apostle, 
Parker Pillsbury, we place that of the heroine, 
Sarah H. Sargent Pillsbury, his sympathizer, 
helper, wife. 

Mr. and Mrs. Pillsbury have always resided 
in this city. They have one child, a daugh- 
ter, Helen Buffum, who was born June 14, 
1843. She was married September 22, 188S, 
to Parsons Brainard Cogswell, journalist and 
e.\-Mayor of Concord, who died October 28, 
1895. Mr. Cogswell came to Concord to 
learn the printer's trade of George G. I'ogg, 
who ran the Independent Denioemt, a Free 
Soil paper. Having thoroughly mastered his 
profession, he set his heart to have a daily 
paper for Concord ; and the Daily Monitor was 

the child of his conception. It is not too 
much to say that to P. Brainard Cogswell be- 
longs the honor of Concord's Daily Monitor. 
During her married life, as ever before and 
after, Mrs. Cogswell has continued to make 
her home with her father and mother, her de- 
votion to whom and ceaseless care for their 
comfort was most cordially seconded by her 
husband, who has left the fragrant memory of 
a noble manhood. 

MMET S. ROBINSON, an ex-member 
of the legislature and the owner of 
a large farm in Goshen, was born in 
Orange, Vt., August 2, 1859, son of Alexan- 
der and Sarah (Moore) Robinson, both natives 
of Plainfield, Vt. The father, who is a stone 
mason by trade, about the year 1862 moved to 
Newport, Vt., where he resided for fifteen 
years. From there he went to Newport, 
N. II. ; and there he has since been engaged in 
agricultural pursuits. Mr. and Mrs. Alexan- 
der Robinson have reared ten children, 
namely: Captain P'rank Robinson, who fol- 
lows the sea, and is a ship-master; Henry C, 
who married Lucy Wing, of Newport, Vt. , 
and is now carrying on a farm in Newport, 
N. H. ; Herman A., a wood-worker in New- 
port, N. H. ; Alson, who married Mrs. Clara 
True, and is now a carpenter in Tewksbury, 
Mass. ; Emmet S., the subject of this sketch; 
I'^lla J., who lives in Newport, N.H. ; Piiili[), 
who for many years has been connected with 
the National Library in Washington, D.C. ; 
Lcander, a railroad engineer in Canada; 
P'ruest, a carpenter in Newport, N.H.; ant! 
Abbie, who resides at home. 

Having acquired an education in the com- 
mon schools, Lmmet S. Robinson began to 
work for his living. After following different 
occupations for a time, he finally settled upon 

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the I'lukcr f;irni in ("loslicii, where he mnv 
resides. He owns al)out f(nir liiindrccl and 
fifty acres of land, the tillage portion of which 
he devotes to general farming and dairying; 
and he sells considerable milk. 

On March 9, 188 1, Mr. Robinson was 
united in marriage with Marietta Parker. 
She was born in this town, August 12, 1839, 
daughter of Jonas and Zeroyda (Chase) Parker, 
natives respectively of Lempstcr and Unity. 
Jonas I'arker was for many years a prosperous 
farmer in Goshen. Both parents are now de- 
cea.sed. Mr. Robinson is a firm supporter of 
the Republican party, and has rendered in an 
able manner his share of service to the town. 
He served upon the Board of Selectmen for 
several years, and was elected to the legis- 
lature in 1895. Much interested in agricult- 
ural t[uestions, he is connected with Sunapee 
Mountain Grange, No. 144, Patrons of Hus- 
bandry, in Mill Village. Mr. Robinson is 
one of Goshen's representati\e men. 

(S^OIIX b'RAZn;R, a well-known farmer 
of Hanbury, Merrimack County, N.H., 
was born in Salisbury, January 16, 
1836, son of John C. and Alice (Eastman) 
Frazier, of that place. 

His paternal grandfather, licnjamin I'Vazier, 
was one of the pioneers of Kearsarge Moun- 
tain. His ancestors, it is said, were of 
Scotch-Irish descent. Born on July 21, 1767, 
he went to Deerfield when a child; and after 
his marriage to Mary Philbrick he removed, in 
1790, to Salisbury. Here he cleared at first 
an acre of land and l)uilt a log house, and as 
time went on became a very thrifty farmer and 
owner of considerable land which had been 
cleared by his own efforts. Game was abun- 
dant in those da^'s ; and, Grandfather Frazier 
being a skilful huntsman, the family larder 

was kejjt well lilletl with venison and bear 
.steak. One sectirjn of his farm was called 
Bear Wold, because of the number of bears 
killed there. The Frazier house was always a 
resort for the neighboring farmers and their 
families whenever a good time was wanted. 
Benjamin Frazier died on June 12, 1820. 

John C. Frazier, son of lienjamin, removed 
from Salisbury to Danbury in 1836, shortly 
after the birth of his son John. Here he 
built a fine group of buildings and remained 
during the rest of his life, dying on November 
25, 1886. He served in the legislature for 
two terms, one of them being the famous Con- 
stitutional Convention term. He was the 
father of three sons, the second of whom, 
named Moses, died April 19, 1S96. Mr. 
]''rank P. Frazier, the third son, a resident of 
Ivvanston, 111., is a member of the firm of 
Bartlett, Frazier & Co., of Chicago, III., and 
does an extensive grain business in the West. 
He married Clara Duff, of Peoria, 111., and 
has one son. 

Mr. John Frazier, of Danbury, is the eldest 
son. After leaving school, he worked for a 
time on a farm and later as a fireman on the 
railroad. In 1869 he went to Toledo, Ohio, 
where he remained for five years as engineer 
on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Rail- 
road, running between Toledo and Elkhart, 
Toledo and Cleveland, and between Toledo 
and Detroit. Coming l-'ast again, Mr. Frazier 
was engineer for some time on the O. C. 
R. R. Later he settled on the farm where he 
now resides. He built a new barn in 1891. 

Mr. Frazier's first wife was Mary O. Fra- 
zier, and two sons were born of this marriage: 
James H., who is now deceased ; and Samuel 
M. The second wife was Miss Ida L. Brown, 
of Concord, N. H. Mr. Frazier was a member 
of the Constitutional Convention, and has been 
Selectman of Danbury. He has always voted 



the Democratic ticket, and is a solid sup]Kirter 
of the platform of the gold Democrats. His 
first Presidential vote was cast in i860 for 
Stephen A. Douglas. 

NDREW J. ABBOTT, a prosperous 
farmer of West Concord and an ex- 
member of its Board of Selectmen, 
was born in the house he now occupies, De- 
cember J 9, 1856, son of Simeon and Mary 
(Farnum) Abbott. The Abbott homestead, 
which has been owned by the family for five 
generations, was bought in 1754 by James 
Abbott from one of the original proprietors 
of Concord. James Abbott, who was a native 
of Andover, Mass., moved from there with his 
family to this land, and proceeded to clear and 
improve it. In 1760 he erected a frame 
house, which is still in use. He was suc- 
ceeded by his son, Amos Abbott (first), who 
left the property to his son, Amos Abbott 
(second), who was grandfather of Andrew J., 
and served as a Corporal in the Revolutionary 
War. The maiden name of the grandfather's 
wife was Judith Morse. 

Simeon Abbott, after receiving his ele- 
mentary education in the district schools of 
this town, subsequently pursued a higher 
course in a school of Meredith, N. II. He 
then taught school for several winter terms, 
and he conducted the homestead farm during 
liis active ])eriod. His natural ability and 
energy brought him into prominence in 
affairs, and he served as a Selectman and as 
Representative to the legislature. He died at 
the age of eighty-seven years and si.x months. 
His wife, Mary, daughter of Simeon Farnum, 
who represented a highly reputable family of 
this city, became the mother of ten children — 
Amos S., Rebecca C, Mary S., Abiel C. , 
Calvin I''., Stephen F., Louise Ci., Clara A., 

Mattie W., and Andrew J. Calvin F., 
Stephen F., and Mattie VV. are no longer 
living. Amos S. , who is residing in Concord, 
married Hattie Williams, and has two chil- 
dren — Hattie P. and Otis A. Mary S. mar- 
ried Fred G. Chandler, of Penacook, and has 
one daughter, Annie M. Abiel C, who lives 
in this city, wedded Mary iM'ancis, and has 
two children — James F. and Rebecca F. 
Louise G. married George Capen, lives at 
Omaha, Neb., and has seven children — Al- 
bert G., Simeon A., Stephen I"., Mary L. , 
George H., Edwin L., and Susan S. 

Andrew J. Abbott accjuired a district-school 
education, and at an early age apjilied himself 
to the regular farm duties at the homestead. 
Having succeeded to its ownership, he has 
since carried on general farming there with 
success. His crops are always large and of a 
superior cjuality, and he is regarded as one of 
the most practical farmers in his neighbor- 
hood. Actively interested in local affairs, he 
has displayed a determination to faithfully 
guard the general interests of the community. 
Politically, he is a Republican; and he cast 
his first vote for James A. Garfield in 1880. 

Il.LIAM BRl'XK was a prominent 
and wealthy resident of Claremont 
in his time. Born in Croydon, 
N.I I., December 17, 1826, he was a son of 
Henry and Keziah (Marsh) Breck. The 
grandfather, William Breck, who was bom in 
Boston, Mass., May 11, 1745, was a merchant 
in that city until 1792, when he came to West 
Claiemont. Here he bought a farm of a Mr. 
Dickinson, the deed of which bears the date 
May 3, 1792; and he resided on the estate for 
the rest of his life. He was a business man of 
unsullied integrity, and while residing in 
15oslon he held several responsible positions. 



lie (lied Niivcnihcr 22, 1819. On July 11, 
1 77 1, liu wedded Margaret Thomas, daughter 
of ])r. William Thomas, of Plymouth, Mass. 
She died J''ebruary 4, 1820. Iler chiltlren 
were: William, Iioru I*"el)niary 5, 1775; 
Peggy, who died aged one year; Peggy (sec- 
ond), born Aiiri] 2, 1778, who died in August, 
183s; John T., born March 14, 1779, who 
died in 1816; James, born May 8, 1780, who 
died October 15, 1871; Nancy, born October 

3, 1781, who (lied March i, 1858; Harriet, 
born September 15, 1782, wlio died June 30, 
1S36; Henry, born February 26, 1786; and 
Hannah, born April 7, 1787, who died August 
22, 1858. William became a sea captain, 
and acquired a fortune. His last days were 
passed in retirement at the homestead in West 
Claremont, where he lived as a country gentle- 
n)an, and died Ajiril 13, 1848. 

Henry l^reck, who was born in Boston, ac- 
companied his parents to Claremont. When 
a young man he settled in Croydon, and there 
kept a store. Later he opened a branch store 
in Cornish, N. H. Subsequently he disposed 
of his business in Croydon. He continued to 
carry on the Cornish store until 1848. After 
the death of his brother William he returned 
to the homestead and residetl there until his 
death, wliich occurred July 10, 1872. Keziah 
Marsh Iireck, his first wife, who was a native 
of Croydon, died June 29, 1S26. On October 

4, 1827, he married for his second wife Sarah 
Townc. She survived him, and died June 22, 
1889. His children by his first wife w-ere : 
John Thomas, who lives in Lebanon, N.H. ; 
Henry, who lives in Newton, Mass. ; Robert, 
who died in .Springfield, Mass., July 25, 
1825 ; and William, the subject of this sketch. 
Those b)' his second union were: Sarah Ann, 
who married Reuben 15. l^llis, and resided in 
Claremont; .Samuel, a resident of Springfield, 
Mass. ; lulward W., who is residing in Hel- 

ena, "Mont. ; Charles 1'., who wedded Mary, 
daughter of Stephen Robcrt.s, of Mcdford, 
Mass., and now owns the homestead; and Llla 
M. ]5reck. 

William lircck completed his education at 
the Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N. M. 
He went to reside in Cornish when fourteen 
years old, and was Assistant Postmaster there 
from 1844 to 1846. He had been engaged in 
business with his brother John in Cornish for 
about four years when he was obliged to with- 
draw on account of a severe attack of asthma. 
Li 1852 he went to California in search of 
health, and during his eight years' residence in 
that State he engaged in several business en- 
terprises, which in a short time tripled his 
investments. In i860 he returned home much 
improved in health. He retained some of his 
interests in California, which yielded a hand- 
some income during the war. Though not 
actively engaged in business after his return to 
Claremont, he invested in various enterprises. 
For several years he was a Director of the 
Claremont National Bank, of Sullivan's Sav- 
ings Institution, and of the Sugar River 
Paper Mill Company. He was a member of 
the New Hampshire legislature in 1S84 and 

On October 7, 1868, I\Ir. ]?reck was united 
in marriage with Susan L. Farwell. She was 
born in Claremont, May 27, 1 841, daughter of 
George N. and Sarah A. (McDonald) Farwell. 
George N. F^arwell, one of the thirteen chil- 
dren of Nicholas and Susan (Corey) Farwell, 
was born in Claremont, F^cbruary 18, 1804. 
At an early age he learned shoemaking, and 
later became the proprietor of a shoe factory, 
employing one hundred hands. He acquired 
influence in business circles; was one of the 
organizers of the Claremont Bank, of which he 
was President for some time; and he was the 
first Treasurer of Sullivan's Savings Institu- 



tion. He was a liberal, public-spirited man. 
He erected several buildings in this town. 
His record was that of a liberal, public- 
spirited man. For over fifty years he was a 
leading member of the Congregational church. 
His wife, whom he married December 25, 
1827, was a daughter of Lewis and Rhoda 
(Rathbone) McDonald. She reared three 
children — James H., John L. , and Susan L. 
Mr. and Mrs. Breck had one daughter, Sarah 
McDonald. Mr. Rreck died at his home in 
this town, November 10, iSSg. 

IIJJAM HALL, a retired merchant 
of riainfield, was born in Cornish, 
N. H., February 28, 1846, son of 
Lsrael and Elizabeth D. (Demming) Hall. 
He is a descendant of Willis Hall. His 
grandfather, Jonathan Hall, who was a native 
of Connecticut, was the first of the family to 
ascend the river for the purpose of settling. 
Jonathan, who was an extensive farmer, mar- 
ried Mercy Cady; and his children were : Ls- 
rael, Sophia, Alfred, and Susan, all of whom 
w^ere born in Windsor, \'t. Sophia married 
Sullivan Blood, of Windsor, and with her 
husband made the journey from Vermont to 
Missouri by horse and chaise. Sullivan Blood 
was for some years captain of steamboats of 
the Mississipjii River. Afterward he settled 
in .St. Louis, where he became prominent in 
the real estate business. The owner of many 
slaves at one time, he liberated them previous 
to the Rebellion. In politics he was a stanch 
Republican. He died a millionaire, and two 
of his four children are living. Susan always 
remained at home and cared for her mother, 
who in her later years suffered the loss of her 
sight. Alfred succeeded to the homestead, 
and always resided in Windsor. A leading 
business man, he was President of the Windsor 

Savings Bank and of the liridge Company. 
He was also prominent in public affairs. He 
married Catharine Morgan, daughter of Cap- 
tain Morgan, of Windsor, and had a family of 
five sons and one daughter, to whom he left 
a large estate. 

Israel Hall, William Hall's father, was 
born in 1792. When a young man he asso- 
ciated himself with a Mr. Marcy, and carried 
on a general mercantile business in Cornish, 
N.H., for a number of years. Selling out 
then to his partner, he engaged in the hotel 
business in Cornish, and conducted it for 
some time. He finally became a man of 
affairs, and his time was occujiied in attending 
to his various enterprises. He settled estates 
and acted as trustee, and was guardian for 
minors and persons not competent to take care 
of property. At one time he was President of 
the Windsor Savings Bank and of the Bridge 
Company. He also carried on a farm. Prom- 
inent in politics, h£ served as a Selectman 
until forced to decline further nomination, 
represented Cornish in the legislature, was 
Postmaster for several years, and he acted as 
a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. He 
attended the Episcopal church, sang in its 
choir, and generously contributed to its sup- 
port. He was a natural musician, and for 
some years played a bass-viol in church. 
When si.xty years old he purchased a seraphine 
for the use of the church. As the party se- 
lected to play it was unable to do so, he took 
a few lessons on the instrument and ]ilayed 
it himself. Israel Hall died October 29, 
1S63, aged seventy-one years, leaving a large 
amount of property to his family. Having 
stood high in the community as an honest, up- 
right business man and a faithful public ser- 
vant, his descendants have every reason to 
JiKik uiiiin his record with piide. The fii'st of 
his three marriages was contracted with Mary 



Chase, and the second with Sarah Chase, both 
of whom were daughters of Israel Chase, of 
Coi'iiish. ( )n the Ihiid occasion lie was united 
to ICIizabetii 1). Dcnmiing, daugliter of Will- 
iam Demniinj;', a prosperous farmer of Cornish. 
Tiie ciiildren of liiis rriarriage, all born in 
Cornish, were: Charles, Israel ])., William, 
lulward, and George. Charles died in in- 
fancy. George died I-'ebruary 13, 1863, aged 
eleven years. Israel D., born May 17, 1S43, 
who completed his studies at the Windsor 
High School, and then took a course at l-'ast- 
man's Business College in Concord, is now 
carrying on a large general store in Clare- 
mont, N.II., is connected with other enter- 
prises, and is President of the Bridge Com- 
pany in Windsor. He has represented Clare- 
monl in the legislature, has served upon the 
School ]5oard for a number of years, is a 
member of the Masonic fraternity, and attends 
the Congregational church. He married M. 
Belle Redfield, daughter of .S. Frank Redfield, 
of Claremont, and has one daughter, Alice 
I'^lizabcth, who is now Mrs. .Scott, of that 
town. Ivlward Hall, who was boin July 3, 
1S49, attended the Windsor High School. 
Prevented by his failing sight from entering 
upon a business career, he engaged in farming 
in I'lainficld for some years, and is now living 
in retirement. He married Emilv Lewin, 
now deceased, who was a daughter of I-'rastus 
I.cwin, of Plainfield. Mrs. Israel Hall, who 
lived to be sixty-seven years old, died Janu.ary 

22, 1S75. 

William Hall acquired a good education in 
the common scliools of Cornish and in the 
Windsor High School. He had intended to 
enter Dartmouth College, and was about to 
graduate from the high school, when, seeing 
an unusually [iromising business opportunity 
open to him, he decided to embrace it. 
When, by the destruction of the Windsor 

Bridge by a flood, communication between 
that town and Cornish was cut off, he im- 
mediately established a general store in the 
latter town, and had a profitable trade until 
the britlge was rebuilt. He then bought a 
store in Plainfield, to which he mrjvcd his 
stock, and was in company with his brother, 
Israel D., for four years, when Israel retired. 
After carrying it on successfully for nineteen 
years longer he retired. He has served with 
ability as Town Clerk and Treasurer, and 
has frequently been solicited to accept other 
town offices, but declined. 

]\Ir. Hall married Amanda M. Gallup, of 
Plainfield. She was born February 28, 1846, 
which is also the date of her husband's birth. 
Mrs. Hall is a daughter of Charles I', and 
Amanda M. (Kingsbury) Gallup. Her father 
was a leading citizen of Plainfield, and repre- 
sented this town in the legislature. His wife 
was a daughter of Asa Kingsbury, one of the 
early settlers of Plainfield. The name of 
Kingsbury is now e.xtinct in this town, but 
three grandsons of Asa Kingsbury are living, 
namely: Benjamin C, amine owner in Spo- 
kane, Wash. ; Byron 1'., a railroad station 
agent in Taunton, Mass. ; and Charles G., the 
superintendent of the American F3.\press 
Agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. 
Hall arc the jiarents of three children, who 
were born in Plainfield, as follows: William 
Israel, April 14, 1868; Halliene Elizabeth, 
April 7, 1S72; and Charles Gallup, January 
9, 1S80. William Israel, who completed his 
education at the Sa.xton's River Academy in 
\'crmont, studied art and vocal culture in Bos- 
ton, and is now singing at one of the large 
churches in Trenton, N.J. ; he married Eliza- 
beth Sprecklen, of New Jersey. After receiving 
her education in a private academy, Halliene 
Elizabeth studied music at the New F'ngland 
Conservatory in Boston, and graduated June 



25, 1894. She has since spent some time in 
travelling through the United States. Charles 
Gallup is being educated under a private tutor. 

I Jl was a farmer of Hopkinton. He was 

xjf_,^ born here, April 4, 1812, son of 
Jacob and Betsey (Huse) Clark. His grand- 
father, also named Jacob, came here from 
Newbury, The other children of his 
parents were: Thomas, Prudence K., Sally 
F., Cyrene H., and James M. Thomas, born 
June 6, iSio, married Judith Lull, of East 
Weare, and died at the age of thirty years. 
Prudence K., who was born August 9, 18 14, 
died in early childhood. Sally F., born De- 
cember 30, 18 16, married Thomas Edwards 
Paige, of Weare, and died in Hopkinton, 
August II, 1882. Cyrene H., born March 
17, 1819, married William Plummer, resided 
in Henniker, and died at the age of si.xty- 
seven years. James M., who was born May 
24, 1822, went to California and died there in 
1864 or 1865. 

Captain Clark was a well-to-do farmer 
and man of affairs in his town. In 1830 he 
was Llnsign of the Hopkinton Rifles, and he 
was successively ]iromoted to the ranks of 
Lieutenant and Cai)tain in 1S31 and 1S34. In 
1848-50 he was Selectman, in 1851 he was 
elected State Representative, and he was 
Town Assessor in 1854. When he and Moses 
Moyt introduced machine threshing, it was 
popularly thought that the machine would 
spoil the grain or cause a fire. Captain Clark 
was married July 19, 1835, to Mary, daughter 
of Samuel and Betsey (Burbank) Straw, of 
Weare, and was the father of three children — 
Helen M., Warren, and I'^llen T. Wan en 
Clark was born in Hopkinton, March 29, 
1S37, and was educated at Hopkinton Academy 

and at Norwich (Vt.) University. At the 
latter place he was Lieutenant of the Norwich 
Cadets. After graduating from the university 
in 1857, he taught military science and 
mathematics in Mount Pleasant Academy, 
Sing Sing, N. Y. , and also in Randall's 
School for Boys in Bloomfield, N.J. He then 
studied law with George & I-'oster, of Concord, 
and was admitted to the bar in 1S62. He 
lived in Hopkinton until 1863, in Henniker 
up to 1S70, and after that time in Concord, 
serving in some public capacity in each place. 
In 1874 he was ajipointed Judge of Probate 
for Merrimack County. In Concord he was 
connected with the .School Board for the most 
of his life after 1875, and he was Postmaster 
there after 18S8. Pie married Fannie S. , 
daughter of Alfred and Sophia (Worthington) 
Otis, of Colchester, Conn. Judge Clark died 
November 21, 1891. 

The owner of the old Clark homestead since 
the death of Cajitain Clark, which occurred 
July 19, 1893, is Thomas Warren Paige, son 
of Thomas Edwards and Sally Felch (Clark) 
Paige. He was born December 13, 1853, in 
Lowell, Mass. Tiiere were two other sons — 
Orra, of Magnolia, Mass., and French, of 
Lowell. In 185S the family moved to Stone- 
ham, Mass., where in i86[ the father died. 
Ills widow'died while on a visit in Hopkintim, 
August II, 1882. Thomas W. Paige was 
married November i, 1885, to Minnie, daugh- 
ter of Gilnian and Wealthy (Ho3t) Straw, of 
Contoocook, N. II. 



■ORGI". II. CILI.l'V, a prominent 
\ jS)F farmer of Hill, is a native of Bris- 
tol, N. II., bdin i\Iay 15, 1864. A 
son of John M. Cilley, of Andover, he is a 
descendant of one of the early pioneer families 
of that district. His great-grandfather cleared 



;m<l settled Cillc)' Hill, a |)r(ijcc'ti()i) of Ragged 
Mdiintain. The father, Jnhii M. Cilley, was a 
tlniggist and jeweller of liristol, where he had 
a .store for a mimbcr of years. lie married 
Susan Herbert, daughter of Saunders Herbert; 
and the subject of this sketch is their only 
chilli. After the death of the father, the 
mother married Deacon l^heii \V. Mason, and 
thereafter resided on the old Mason farm until 
her death in 1889. 

(ieorge H. Cilley has resided for some time 
on the Mason homestead. In his earl)' years 
he servetl an apprenticeship at the printer's 
trade, and subsecjuently worked at the case 
and in the job department. On December 13, 
1886, Mr. Cijle)' married Ida A. Currier, 
(laughter of Charles V.. and Hannah (Cilley) 
Currier, of Andover. They have two chiklren 
— Roy C. and Leon I). Heing a farmer, Mr. 
Cilley is, of course, a member of the grange. 
He has also been a Selectman of the town, 
and he was Chairman of the School l^oaril for 
two years. Me is a Republican, a (iood Tem- 
plar, and a member of the Christian Church 
of Hill. 

ICvcry one who goes to the Mason homestead 
is sure to admire the stately elm-tree with 
spreading blanches which stands near the ap- 
jiroach to the house from Hill Centre. Over 
a hundred years agf) a gentleman visiting the 
place cariied iii his liautl a small elm switch, 
which he stuck into the groinul. The result 
of tliat simple act is the venerable tree seen 
there to-day, and which offers its shade to all 

SON, one of the leading violinists of 
America, is an honored resident of 
the town of Henniker, N.H., where he was 
born August 24, 1824, a son of John and Su- 
sannah (Hale) Gibson. The emigrant ances- 


tor of the Gibson family was John Gibson, 
who was born in Mngland in 1601, and was 
made a freeman in Cambridge, Mass., in 1634. 

The line was then continued through the 
following-named progenitors: John, born in 
163 1 ; Deacon Timothy Gibson, born in lOCiH, 
who lived with Abraham Holman in Stow, 
Mass., and at the age of twenty-one received 
from him a deed of land; Captain Timothy 
Gibson, born in Stow, Mas.s., in 1702, who 
married in 1725 I'crsis Rice, and settled in 
Henniker in 1772; and Captain Jo.scph Gib- 
son, the I'rofessor's grandfather, born June S, 
1750, who died May 26, 1801, from injuries 
received by his horse stumbling and throwing 
him upon the pommel. For more than a quar- 
ter of a century he was one of the most promi- 
nent and influential men of this place, serving 
as Selectman in 1787, 1790, 1791, 1796, 
1797, and 1799. On May 28, 1772, he mar- 
ried Olive Randall. 

John Gibson, Professor Gibson's father, 
was born in Henniker, October 22, 17S2, and 
died June 5, 1836, while in manhood's prime. 
He was married March 3, 1808, to Susannah 
Hale, who survived him, passing to the life 
beyond April 8, 1855. 

Christopher C. Gibson exhibited his phe- 
nomenal musical talent at a very early age, at 
every opportunity seizing his father's violin 
for practice. This instrument Mr. John Gib- 
son played, as thousands of others do, for his 
own amusement, having never received espe- 
cial instruction. One of his daughters, Klvira 
Gibson, was a gifted musician and poetess. 
She was eleven years older than her brother, 
the subject of this .sketch ; and she assisted him 
in his musical elTorts, so that at the age of five 
he began to pick out melodies on the violin, 
and could soon read music quite rapidh", mak- 
ing wonderful advancement considering -his 
limited opportunities. At the age of ten 



years he took lessons of Ostinelli, an Italian 
performer of great merit ; and he was after- 
ward a pupil of Metz, a German violinist of 
Lowell, Mass. When he was but twelve years 
old his father died, and the support of the 
family fell largely upon him. His sister was 
an invalid for years, requiring much of his 
care. He also had charge of a young girl 
named Mary J. Brown, whom he subsequently 
married. He spent every moment he could 
spare from his daily labors in the study of his 
chosen art; and, that he might not annoy his 
sick sister, he took his beloved instrument to 
the barn, where night after night he practised 
many an hour that should have been given to 
sleep, tired nature's sweet restorer. 

He was in his fourteenth year when Ole 
Bull, the world-renowned artist, visited this 
country for the first time. Young Gibson was 
determined to hear him; and his desire was 
strongly approved and seconded by his sister, 
who had awakened to a realizing sense of the 
lad's genius. Collecting all of his cash, and 
taking what his sister had, he set forth one 
bright June morning on foot for Boston, nearly 
one hundred miles away. He had just pur- 
chased a pair of new shoes, w-hich were hard 
and .stiff, and pinched his every toe, causing 
him great pain ; but despite his misery he con- 
tinued his walk, reaching the desired Mecca 
the third day. In the evening he listened to 
the wonderful music, so weird and strange, but 
so smooth and beautiful that he scarce knew if 
he were on earth. The following night he 
was again an entranced listener, being borne to 
the seventh heaven of delight. Probably few 
persons on this terrestrial planet ever came 
nearer to realizing the sweets of Paradise than 
did this raw country boy that memorable even- 
ing. The two succeeding evenings he was 
again in the audience, and then heard two 
other celebrated violinists, Vieu.xtemiis and 

Artot. The great resources of the wonderful 
instrument were opened to him, revealing 
powers of which he had never dreamed. 
Bright and early the ne.xt morning he started 
on his homeward w'ay ; and, though his feet 
were causing him excruciating pain at every 
step, he w'alked on flowers, and his soul was 
expanded and filled with those celestial har- 

From that time on the young musician de- 
voted himself more assiduously to his violin, 
and was himself surprised at the advancement 
he made toward its mastery. He labored 
hard, availed himself of every opportunity to 
hear the most distinguished artists, and after 
years of severe labor realized that he had him- 
self become a finished artist. His first public 
appearance was made in the winter of 1853, in 
Tremont Temple, Boston, when his wonderful 
composition (which he learned from the 
feathered songsters in the pine woods near 
his home, catching their exact tones on his 
violin), entitled the "Bird Fantasia," created 
much enthusiasm. In 1S60 Professor Gibson 
gave concerts in Albany, Troy, and other 
cities of New York, and also visited Washing- 
ton, Richmond, and Charleston, being every- 
where warmly received. He has since been 
largely occupied in concert work and teaching. 
He is well entitled the Ole Bull of America, 
and easily stands at the head of his profession 
in this country. He was at one time invited 
by Ole Bull to accompany him to bis home in 
Norway, but his sister's long illness ]:)revented 
him from going. At the World's Peace Jubi- 
lee held in Boston in 1S72, he was the first 
violinist from New Hampshire, and the only 
American first violinist retained through the 
entire session. He became intimately ac- 
quainted with Ole Hull during one of his later 
visits to this country, forming a friendship for 
the great master that was broken only by the 




lattor's dcatli. At tlic Trcniont House in 
Boston, where tliey were tof^ether one clay, 
Mr. Bull gave him his [ihotograph, and a 
clay or two later sailed from New York for 
his Norwegian home. Within a month after 
that the news was flashed acioss the ocean that 
the siinl of this grand genius had gone to the 
rcahns where celestial mnsie is chanted l>y the 
heavenly hosts. 

It is not in the conceit room or in the or- 
chestra that the sweetest music from Professor 
Gihson's violin is heard, hut in his own mod- 
est home in llenniker, where, with a few ap- 
preciative friends as listeners, he draws forth 
the most charming music. His violin is a 
rare instrument, one hundred and twcnty-si.v 
years old, of a rich, jiowerful tone. The Pro- 
fessor is modest as to his own attainments, is 
simple of manner, and has a kind and generous 
heart; and he is much loved by his pupils. 
His violin has been a source of infinite pleas- 
ure to him and his friends, comforting him in 
his sorrows and cheering him across the rough 
places of life's pathway. 

From the many deserved compliments jjaid 
to his extraordinary talent we cpiote the fol- 
lowing from the New York Musical Times of 
January lo, i860, written by its Washington 
correspondent concerning a concert given by 
C. C. Gibson in Wilkud's Hall: "Mr. Gibson 
is a great performer. For jnuity of tone, ex- 
pression, and ease, and the skill with which he 
executes difficult passages, he cannot be ex- 
celled. .Senators .Sumner, Hale, Ciittenden, 
Seward, and others, including many [irominent 
men and foreign ministers, were in the audi- 
ence; and every ap[)earance of Mr. Gibson was 
met with hearty applause, and each number 
was repeatedly encored. " The Boston Satitr- 
diJv Evening Gazette of February 6, 1858, says 
of a concert at 'Fremont Temiile: "C. C. Gib- 
son perfoinied his ' liird Waltz I'antasia ' in a 

most masterly and scientific manner. The 
bird imitations were perfect. It requires 
genius and perseverance to reach such pcrfcc- 
tiijn on this king of instruments. He evi- 
dently took the audience by surprise, and was 
rapturously encored." The Boston Traveller 
of January 2, 1S5S, says: "Mr. Gibsrm is 
truly a wonderful performer. Tones more ]>ure 
and beautiful wc never heard, and we have 
heard all the great players of the clay. His 
wizard-like ijerformance seemed to cast a spell 
of enchantment over the audience, which burst 
into rapturous apjilause at the conclusion of 
each piece." The musical critic of the 
Washington Constitution sjjcaks of liim thus: 
"Professor C. C. Gibson is not cjnly a scien- 
tific performer, but the genius of his nature is 
such that when he alights upon a theme to 
which his delicate sensibilities respond he 
seems to evince an inspiration of soul capable 
of expression only." 

Some years ago Professor Gibson suffered a 
severe attack of spinal meningitis, which con- 
fined him to his room, and much of his time to 
his bed, for two years. Since that time iiis 
work has been largely confined to private in- 
structiim, his pupils including some of the 
brightest violinists of the country. 

YRUS RUNN1-:LS, a well-known and. 
I] highly esteemed citizen of Concord, 

if - was born at Mast \'ard in 1832, son 

of Samuel Runnels. His grandfather, Samuel 
Runnels, Sr. , a native of Boxford, Mass., 
came early to New Hampshire, where he 
bought a farm of one hundred and si.\ty-two 
acres, and spent the latter part of his life 
occupied in farming. He was a land sur- 
veyor, and assisted greatly in laying out roads 
and lots in his day. He was also one of the 
Home Guard of the War of 1812. At his 



death he was sixty-six years old. With his 
wife, Anna Hardy Runnels, he reared four 
<:hildren — Samuel, Lois, Priscilla, and Anna, 
all of whom have now passed away. Samuel 
Runnels, Jr., was educated in the district 
schools and became a farmer. He secured 
land, and built the house now occupied by his 
son. He died in 1864, aged sixty-eight. 
His wife was Anner Abbot Runnels, a daugh- 
ter of Ezra Abbot, of the old Abbot family of 
this place. She was the mother of seven chil- 
dren, of whom two died young. The others 
are: Cyrus, Louisa J., ]{mily, Almira, and 
Anner A. 

After Cyrus Runnels received his element- 
ary education in the district schools, he 
pursued higher courses at the Hancock Lit- 
erary and Scientific School, at Penacook 
Academy, at Hopkinton, and at Professor 
Hall Roberts's select school in Concord. He 
also graduated in the class of 1855 of the 
Chandler Scientific School of Hanover. In 
early life Mr. Runnels taught school for four 
winters in New Hampshire and later for one 
winter in Iowa. He worked at his profession 
of civil engineering in Iowa for nine years, 
doing local service in 1862 at the Adjutant- 
general's office in Clinton of that State. In 
1S64 Mr. Runnels returned to New Hamp- 
shire and took the farm, but still continued to 
carry on his work of surveying. He became 
at once identified with the social and civil in- 
terests of the tiiwn. He has been for six 
years Assessor, for three years Selectman, for 
three years a member of the Council, and he 
has been a Justice of the Peace for more than 
ten years. 

During his residence in Iowa, Mr. Runnels 
was a member of the Presbyterian church, 
serving the society as a Deacon and Llder. 
Since his return to New llampsliirc he has 
joined the West Congregational Church of 

Concord, and is one of its Deacons. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican, and he cast his first 
Presidential vote for General Grant in 1S68. 

-JT^OSES A. CRAGIN, of Lempster, 
a veteran of the Civil War and an 
ex-member of the New Hamp- 
shire legislature, was born in Rindge, N.H., 
Decemlier 13, 1823, son of Moses and Sarah 
(Chamberlain) Cragin. His father, who was 
born in Rindge in the year iSoo, and spent the 
greater part of his life in his native town, was 
for some years engaged in peddling. He 
afterward removed from Rindge to Alstead, 
N. H., and later to Marlow, where he was en- 
gaged in the wooden-ware business. He died 
April 5, 1864. His first wife, Sarah Cham- 
berlain Cragin, was a native of New Ipswich, 
N. H. After her death he successively mar- 
ried Eleanor Walton, of Temple, N. H., and 
I'^anny Pidwell, of Langdon. By his first 
union there were six children, namely: Moses 
A., the subject of this sketch; a child who 
died in infancy; Newton B. ; Elvira; lildward ; 
and Lucius. Lucius died in 1853, aged eigh- 
teen years. Newton B. Cragin, who is a re- 
tired fruit-grower and resides in Worcester, 
Mass., married Sarah Monroe, of Marlow; and 
their daughter, Alice P'stella, is now the wife 
of P'red Ilathern, of Worcester. l^lviia mar- 
ried John 0. Priest, now living in retirement 
at Westboro, Mass. l^dward, wlio is a rail- 
road engineer and lives in Oliio, wctklcd Mar- 
tha Peither. 

Moses A. Cragin attended the district 
school until he was nine years old. On 
reaching his majority, he then located in 
Gardner, Mass. Some time after his marriage 
he moved to Marlow, where he followed the 
blacksmith's trade for five }'ears. Then he 
engaged in the wooden-ware business. On 



Sc|)lcnil)cr 3, 1S64, lie enlisted as a private 
ill Ci)iii|)aiiy A, ]';i<;liteeiitii Regiment, New 
llanipsliiie Volunteers, and served in it until 
the elose ui the Civil War. His comjiany was 
detaehed to act as guard I'm- Henham's corps 
of engineers for a time, and also took part in 
the defence of l'ittsl)urg Landing, the siege of 
Tetershnrg, and the capture of l^ichniond. 
Discharged from the service in June, 1865, he 
returned to Marlovv and resumed the wooden- 
ware business. In 1869 he bought the Rogers 
place in Lempster, where he now resides. 
Since taking possession of the estate, he has 
enlarged its land area from eighty to three 
lunulred acres, made various imprfU'emeiits, 
and carried on general farming and dairying, 
lie is a loyal supporter of the Republican 
party, and he ably represented his district in 
the legislature in 1895 and 1896. Me is a 
comrade of I'rcd II. Smith Post, No. 10, 
G. A. R., of Newpoit. 

In Keene, N. II., Jaiuiary 25, 1853, Mr. 
Cragin was joined in mari'iage with I'jiieliue 
R. l?eckwith, who was born in Acworlh, 
N.II., April 9, 1836, daughter of Stephen and 
Cynthia (Osgood) Beckwith. Steplicn licck- 
with, a native of Acworth, followed agricult- 
ure in his native town during the active period 
of his life, and died April 8, 1S77. His 
wife, who was born in Pittsford, \'t., died 
October 19, 1889. Their children were: Ira 
Alonzo, who died in 1893; luneline R., who 
is now Mrs. Cragin; Oliver, who resides in 
Marlow ; Nellie C, now the widow of Henry 
VV. Ware, who died in Hancock, N.II., in 
March, 1896; and Diantha, who is residing 
in ;\cwortli. Mr. and Mrs. Cragin have four 
sons, born as follows: Lucius M., December 
26, 1855; Charles A., February 20, 185S; 
Leslie D., September 6, i860, who died Feb- 
ruary 19, 1862; and b'red II., December 3, 
1862. Lucius M. married Mora Grimes, and 

is engaged in farming in Springfield, \'t. 
Charles A. resides at the homestead and 
assists in the management of the farm. On 
January 6, 1892, he married Annie V. (JrinTith, 
who was born August 11, 186X, daughter of 
George Bancroft and Anna S. (Howe) Griffith. 
Her father is the well-known poet of Lemp- 
ster, of whom an e.xtended account appears 
elsewhere in this work. Fred IL, who is a 
butcher and meat dealer in Springfield, Vt. , 
married b'dith C. Gould, a native of W'eathers- 
field, Vt. 

who is now engaged in truck farming 
in I'^ranklin, was born in this town, 
February 25, i860, son of Gordon and Char- 
lotte (Turner) Burleigh. The father, who 
was a native of Dorchester, N.H., accom- 
panied his parents to Franklin when he was 
two years old. In early manhood he was en- 
gaged in the coal business in Boston. He 
subsetjuently returned to I-'ranklin, and re- 
sided upon the farm now occupied by his son, 
Artemas T. , until his death on August 10, 
1 89 1. His wife, Charlotte, who was a resi- 
dent of Charlestown, Mass., became the 
mother of ten children, namely: Henry, who 
lives in Hyde Park, Mass., and is a boot and 
shoe dealer; Gordon, who is in the same busi- 
ness in Boston; Artemas T., the subject of 
this sketch; Robert, a medical practitioner in 
Rochester, N.H. ; George, a jeweller in Til- 
ton, N.H.; Lottie and Emma, who are resid- 
ing in Newport, R.I. ; Paul, a resident of 
Lawrence, Mass.; Sarah IClizabeth; Freddie, 
who died in infancy. Mrs. Gordon Burleigh 
now resides with her daughters in Newport. 

Artemas Terrill Burleigh began his educa- 
tion in the common schools, and his advanced 
studies were pursued at the Agricultural and 
Dartmouth Colleges. After completing his 



education he resided at hunie until he became 
a travelling salesman for a ]5oston concern 
dealing in hardware and agricultural imple- 
ments, in which capacity he was employed for 
seven years. In 1S89 he engaged in the dry- 
goods business in Tilton, N. H., and contin- 
ued in trade for about three years. At the 
end of that time he settled upon the farm in 
Franklin, where he has since resided. The 
property contains three hundred acres of land. 
He carries on general farming, dairying, and 
market gardening. 

On July 14, 1S82, Mr. Burleigh was united 
in marriage with Inez Rice. She was born in 
Lowell, Mass., daughter of Edwin and lantha 
(Blanchard) Rice. The father, who was a 
merchant, is no longer living. The mother is 
residing in Franklin. In politics Mr. Bur- 
leigh is a Republican. The progress he has 
already attained in agricultural pursuits 
speaks well for his energy and ability. He 
is a member of Belknap Lodge, No. iS, 
Ancient Order of United Workmen. 

Amos and Mary (Brown) Dow, was 
born in Hojikinton, N. H., June 10, 
1818, anil died at his residence at Bagley Sta- 
tion, Warner, Merrimack County, September 
6, 1894. He had not been well for several 
years, having been unfortunate enough, Janu- 
ary 17, i88g, while overseeing some work at 
one of his mills, to liave his leg broken by a 
rolling log; and he had scarce recovered from 
that accident when he had a slight paralytic 
shock. Within a year after, a cancer devel- 
oped on his li[), causing him great suffering 
for four or five years. Hi.s strong will power 
and determined resolution, however, kept him 
about until his death, which was caused by a 
second stroke, altliough he paid less attention 

to his business in his later days, throwing much 
of its responsibility upon his son. 

Mr. Dow was a self-made man in the broad- 
est sense implied by the term. His early life 
was spent in poverty, his father having been a 
cripple, with a large family to support, and 
needing the assistance of every child to keep 
the wolf from the door. Accordingly, Sam- 
uel left home when a small lad, and from that 
time until twenty years old earned his living 
as best he could, working at any honest em- 
ployment. The year before attaining his ma- 
jority he obtained a situation with Mr. 
Charles Davis, who hired him for seven 
months, agreeing to give him ten dollars a 
month. At the end of the time Mr. Davis 
gave him seventy-three dollars, presenting 
him with three dollars for his faithfulness. 
Hiring the Davis mill, he then sawed 
shingles at the rate of fifty cents per thousand 
and board, sawing day-times and bunching 
nights. The ensuing spring he began buying 
and manufacturing lumber, buying at first but 
a few trees at a time, gradually enlarging his 
operations; and in 1842 he had cleared above 
his expenses nine hundred dollars. Mr. Dow 
then bought one-half interest in the Nathaniel 
A. Davis saw-mill, mortgaging it to secure 
payment, and running into debt for the 
Charles Davis siiingle-mill. lie worked in- 
dustriously, saved every penny possible, and 
four years later had both mills paid for. 
He continued his investments in lumber, 
bark, and wood until 1857, when he disposed 
of his Ijuildings to W. S. Davis for nine hun- 
dretl dollars, and sold his mills to Daniel 
Milton. Ill the same year he erected a resi- 
dence at a cost of thirty-seven hundred dollars. 
During the Rebellion, when the draft came to 
raise the town quota for the Eleventh New 
Hampshire Regiment, he had just passed the 
age limit; but he voluntarily gave five dollars 


i;i<»(;k Ai'iiKAl, 



to e;icli Vdliinlccr recruit, thus paying out over 
two liuiulrcil ami lifty dollars. The Select- 
iiRTi icfusin<( to pay the town ])ounty, not hav- 
ing been so instructed by vote, he, in company 
with {'"ranklin Simoiuls, Joshua George, 
Stepiicn Ikirtlett, and George Jones, signed 
bonds to protect the soldiers, whom the town 
officials subsequently jiaid by borrowing 
twenty-seven hundred dollars, which Mr. Dow 
had lying in the Warner Hank. When tliis 
bank suspended, he had on de[K)sit some four- 
teen thousand dollars, which he invested in 
the l-'irst National Savings ]5ank of Concord, 

About this time Mr. IJow purchased a large 
tract of wood and timber land in I'^ast Canaan, 
and for several years did an extensive busi- 
ness in getting out lumber, running mills, 
etc. lie bought large lots of land in other lo- 
calities, chietiy in Canaan antl Warner, and 
after cutting off the timber held the land for 
new growth. In later years he i)ai(l a good 
deal of attention to his farm, on which he 
settled in iS/Q, residing therefrom that time 
on until his demise. He erected nearly all 
the buildings at 15agley Station, l)ut persist- 
ently refused to have the name of the place 
changed to Dow, as his friends desired. He 
also made many other wise investments of his 
money, owning a store in Davisville, besides 
erecting three large business blocks in Con- 
cord; wliich are still in the possession of his 
iieirs. He was a strong Republican in poli- 
tics, but never accepted public office. 

Mr. Dow was actively interested in the wel- 
fare and advancement of the town in which he 
lived, and, though earnestly opposed to the 
expenditure of the town's funds for purposes 
of doubtful value, was one of the foremost to 
push forward and aid with generous financial 
contributions all projects that promised to be 
beneficial. The late Franklin Simonds gave 

twenty thousand dollars as a fund, tiie inter- 
est to be used in defraying the expenses of a 
free high school in Warner, provided the town 
would erect a suitable building. Mr. Dow 
and Gilman Bean gave bonds to the amount 
of ten thousand dollars, Mrs. Simonds adding 
five thousand dollars more; and the town built 
a fine school-house, which cost, including the 
land, ten thousand dollars, Mrs. Simonds giv- 
ing five thousand dollars; John Robertson, 
two hundred and fifty dollars; C. G. Mc- 
Alpine, two hundred and fifty dollars; George 
Jones, two hundred and fifty dollars; Reuben 
Clough, thirty dollars; and others, smaller 
sums; Mr. Bean and Mr. Dow paying the bal- 
ance, amounting to over two thousand dollars 

Mr. Dow was thrice married. His first 
wife, Harriet C. , daughter of Daniel Currier, 
died a few years after marriage, leaving two 
chiltlren, namely: Fanny C, who married 
Oscar L. Rand, and has two children — 
Shirley and Blanche E. ; and Ilervey S., who 
died October 8, i8gi, at the age of forty-two 
years. Hervey S. Dow was for many years 
associated with his father in the lumber busi- 
ness, having personal charge of the mills in 
Canaan. He left a widow, whose maiden 
name was Bertha Barney, and three children 
— Fdith M., Pearl E., and Florence B. Mr. 
Dow's second wife, Matilda Sojjhronia Currier, 
a sister of his first wife, died after a compara- 
tively few years of wedded life, leaving no 
children. On July 29, 1856, Mr. Dow mar- 
ried Miss Emily Rand, who was born in Hop- 
kinton, N.H., May 17, 1S38. Her parents. 
Smith and Miriam (Goodhue) Rand, subse- 
c[uently removed to Warner. Mrs. l-lmily R. 
Dow still occupies the pleasant family resi- 
dence at Bagley. She has two children — 
Herman A. and Emily G. Herman A. Dow, 
who resides with his mother, succeeded his 



father in the care of the farm ami the lumber 
business. He married Stella G. Wright; and 
they have one child, Samuel H. Emily G. 
Uow is the wife of Fred II. Savory, and has 
two children — Fred A. and Miriam E. 

(5 Thomas t. penniman was a weii- 

^1 to-do farmer and wool-grower of Plain- 
field. A native of this town, he was 
born January 19, 1823. After completing his 
education in the schools of Plainfield, he 
turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, 
and assisted his father in carrying on the home 
farm. He eventually inherited the property, 
and under his energetic management it was 
made to yield a handsome profit. The estate, 
situated upon elevated ground, contains three 
hundred acres of land and substantial build- 
ings, all in good repair. While he was en- 
gaged in general farming and stock-raising, 
he devoted his chief efforts for many years to 
the raising of sheep for the sake of their 
wool. His fine pastures afforded excellent 
grazing for the .sheep. As he went into the 
business upon an extensive scale and at a 
time when wool-growing was one of the best 
paying industries, it brought him considerable 
wealth. His crops of hay and grain were 
among the best to lie found in this locality, 
and his other farm products were of a superior 
quality. In politics he was a Republican; 
and, though his party was in the minority 
here, he steadfastly upheld its jjrinciples and 
supported its candidates. As an honorable, 
upright, and liberal-minded citizen he had 
the respect of his fellow-townsmen. He was 
a regular attendant of the Congregational 
church. His death on January 24, 1886, 
when he was sixty-three years old, was gen- 
erally regretted in Plainfield. 

Mr. Penniman wedded Mary Ann .Smith, 

who was born in Unity, N.H., December 15, 
1842. Her parents were Frederick P. and 
Losha W. (Morris) Smith. The father, a 
prosperous farmer of Claremont, was born in 
Unity, N.H., July 30, 1814, and the mother 
in Lisbon, N. H., in December, 1819. Mr. 
Penniman was the father of seven chiklren, 
namely: Thomas, born June 19, 1871; Flora 
Belle, born Julys, 1872; Dorinda W., Ixjrn 
March 21, 1874; Frederick S., born April 19, 
1875; Mary Lizzie, born October 19, 1876; 
Henry N., born January 18, 1879; and Morris 
G., born P^ebruary 15, 1881. Thomas, who 
is engaged in farming and teaming, married 
Mary W. Curtis, daughter of Hartley Curtis, 
of Cornish, and has one son, Thomas Ken- 
neth, born March 10, 1895. Flora Belle, 
who was for some time a successful teacher, 
is now the wife of Norman C. Penniman, of 
Cornish. Dorinda W. is a student at the 
Kimball Union Academy. Frederick S. is 
assisting upon the farm. Mary Lizzie, Henry 
N., and Morris G. are residing at home. The 
elder children were educated at the Kimball 
Union Academy, Meriden ; and Henry N. is 
now attending that institution. Mrs. Thomas 
T. Penniman is residing with her children 
at the homestead. 

I'HRAIM P. GOSS, a prosperous farmer, 
fruit-grower, and dairyman of llen- 
iiiker, was born November 27, 1844, 
on Pork Hill, in the northern part of this 
townshijj. He is a son of Luther (ioss, 
whose father, Ephraim Goss, when he was a 
young man, came here from Lancaster, Mass. 
Ephraim was one of the first in complying 
with the call to arms that resounded through 
the colonies after the fights at Concord and 
Lexington, and subsequently rendered the ser- 
vices of one good man in the war of indepen- 



(leiicc. On coming to Hcnniker, he lived for 
a time on the farm now owned Ijy Mrs. Robert 
IJ. Rice. Afterward he bought the property 
on I'ork Hill known as the old Goss home- 
stead, now owned and occupied by one of his 
grandsons, where he spent his remaining 
years, and tlieil August 2, 1838. His wife, 
Ruth Campbell Goss, a daughter of Ainos 
and Anna Campbell, who survives him, died 
March 8, iSCii. They had eleven children, of 
whom l.utluT was the eighth in the order of 

IvUther Goss, born in lienniker, January 30, 
1801, and brought up as a farmer, was occu- 
pied in agriculture throughout the rest of his 
life. After his marriage he bought a farm 
adjoining the parental homestead on Pork 
Hill, on which he subsecpiently resided until 
his death on September 22, 1865. The an- 
cestral acres descended to Cyrus Goss, a 
brother of Luther Goss, whose son, Franklin 
Goss, now owns and occupies the estate, 
l-uther Goss married Sallie Colby, who, after 
surviving him many years, passed away Janu- 
ary 19, 1S84, at the venerable age of eighty- 
one years. She lived on the farm some four 
years after the death of her husband, when she 
sold the property, and removed to the village 
with her daughter, Helen C. She was the 
mother of seven children, namely: Solon, who 
died in infancy; Lydia C, the wife of Rufus 
Putnam, of Contoocook; Helen C, who 
keeps house for her brother Ephraim; Julia 
M., who married Charles S. Foster, and died 
at the age of thirty-five years; David P., who 
died in infancy; ICIizabeth M., who is the 
wife of Fitz E. Cogswell, of Concord, N.H.; 
and Fphraim P., the twin brother of I'Hiza- 
beth, and the subject of this sketch. 

Fphraim P. Goss completed his schooling 
at the Hennikcr Academy, and at the age of 
nineteen years began teaching, intending to 

pursue a professional career. iiis lather's 
death occurring soon afterward, a radical 
change in his plans was made, his services 
being needed at home. Me returned to the 
farm, which he managed until it was sold, four 
years later. He then worked for a time at 
the carpenter's trade, making his home in the 
village with his mother, until he established 
a home of his own. Since his marriage he 
has resided on his present farm. This prop- 
erty, which was originally owned by Abel 
Connor, and which was the lifelong home of 
I''ayette Connor, the uncle of Mrs. Goss, is 
one of the most noted estates in tliis vicinity. 
Although the house has been altered in many 
respects, the front remains the same as when 
built by the original owner, nearly a century 
ago. Mr. Goss carries on general farming, 
devoting much attention to his dairy, and 
selling the cream. He raises a good deal of 
fruit, for which his farm is especially famed, 
and where was grown the first grafted in 
Hcnniker by Abel Connor. On June 19, 
1876, Mr. Goss married Miss Sarah E. Con- 
nor, who was born in North Hcnniker, De- 
cember 2, 1854, daughter of A. Whitney and 
Harriet (Spofford) Connor, and grand-daugh- 
ter of Abel Connor. She died August 
19, 1 89 1, after a long and painful illness 
of several months, leaving one child, Julia 
Mabel, who is now attending the high school. 
Mr. Goss is a strong Republican in politics. 
He is active in his party, attending all the 
county and State conventions, and was Select- 
man for four years. He has been an influen- 
tial worker in the temperance cause as a 
member of the Sons of Temperance. He is 
likewise a member of the local grange and of 
the Order of the Golden Cross. For thirty 
years he has sung in the choir of the Congre- 
gational church, with which he united when 
si.xteen years of age. An intellectual, well- 



read man, of affable manners and upright 
character, he is popular wherever he is 

/^TTlMAN C. morgan, a farmer of 
\}S) I Hopkinton, Merrimack County, 
N.H., was born September lo, 1S30, 
in Hartford, Vt., being a son of Nathaniel 
and Mehitable (Colby) Morgan. His pater- 
nal grandfather, Nathan H. Morgan, was born 
October 27, 1765, in Pembroke, N. H. Four 
years later his father and mother, who were 
English, came to Hopkinton, and settled in 
the unbroken forest in the south-west part of 
the town. At that time there were no roads, 
but only foot-paths, indicated by spotted trees 
for a guide. Nathan H. Morgan remained on 
the old homestead from the time of coming 
here with his parents until his demise, Octo- 
ber 31, 1 8 50. His wife, Mary Emerson 
Morgan, was born March 30, 1770, and died 
December 5, 1833. They had twelve chil- 
dren, namely: Timothy, who was born March 
12, 1790, and died in 1871; Nathaniel, the 
first, born October 2, 1791, died May 18, 
1792; Nathaniel, the second, born April 5, 
1793, died May 4, 1872; Abigail, born April 
I3» '795; Nathan, born March 21, 1797, died 
October 6, 1828; Smith, born March 18, 
1799; Betsey, born December 25, 1800; Mary, 
born February 4, 1803, died in June, 1885, 
the wife of John Currier; Rachel, born Janu- 
ary 12, 1805; Jeremiah, born December 20, 
1805; Mahala, born March 29, 1809; and 
James, born September 4, 181 1. Of these 
Mahala, the wife of Pcabody Webber, of 
Manchester, N. H., is the only survivor. 

Nathan H. Morgan was an energetic, tire- 
less worker in his day, doing much of the 
pioneer labor of clearing the land, and for 
many years was one of the most influential 
men of the neighborhood. Many were the 

pleasant hours whiled away by his grand-chil- 
dren, listening to his stories of the pleasures 
and dangers of pioneer life in his time, and of 
all the circumstances connected with his early 
life and the progress of the town. The old 
homestead remained in the family for three 
generations, the successive owners being 
Nathan H. Morgan, Timothy Morgan, and 
Richard F. Morgan. 

Richard F. Morgan was one of the most 
prominent and enterprising citizens of the 
town. He held many positions of trust in the 
town, and served acceptably to all as Select- 
man and School Committee for many terms, 
and was one of the foremost members of the 
Baptist church. 

Nathaniel Morgan, son of Nathan H., born 
in Hopkinton, April 5, 1793, married Mehit- 
able Colby, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth 
(Oilman) Colby, of Henniker, September 7, 
1822. Three years afterward he went to Ver- 
mont, where he lived until 1832. Returning 
then to Merrimack County, he settled first in 
Henniker, where he lived for twenty years, 
and then came back to Hopkinton, where he 
remained until his death. May 4, 1872. His 
wife outlived him a score of years, passing 
away January 11, 1S93, being ninety-si.K years 
of age. She was a pensioner of the War of 
1812. They were the parents of four chil- 
dren, as follows: Mary Ann, Edwin, Julia 
A., and Gilman C. 

Oilman C. Morgan came to Hopkinton with 
his parents in 1853. He married September 
12, 1855, Miss Eva L. Merrill, daughter of 
Charles and Emily E. (Emerson) Merrill, of 
Hopkinton, where Mrs. Morgan was born. 
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan have but two children 
living; namely, Charles N. and Willis E. 
They have lost four children: Oliver A., who 
(lied at the age of four years; Edwin IL, at 
the age of twenty-three years; Arthur \V., at 



the age of eighteen; and Irwin A., at the age 
of sixteen years. 

In politics Mr. Morgan is a gold bug and a 
Republican, altliough he was reared in the 
Democratic faith, his lather having been a 
steadfast adherent (if tiiat party. I'^ven in boy- 
hood he woulil never acl<nn\vlctige when away 
from iiome that he was a Democrat. Not- 
withstanding the presence of many good men 
in tiiat party, there seemed to be an element 
in its organism that was exceedingly distaste- 
ful to him; and discerning, as he thought at 
that time, a greater degree of intelligence and 
refinement in the masses elsewhere, he conse- 
quently found more congenial associates out- 
side its ranks. In later years he has found the 
principles of the Republican party to be more 
in accord with his own mature convictions. 

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan are of a social nature. 
They are members of Union Grange, he hav- 
ing served as Master for three terms. In re- 
ligion he is liberal in his views. He attends 
the Congregational church, of which Mrs. 
Morgan is a member. 



.State Senator, is one of the most 
prominent citizens of I'"ranklin, 
N. II. He was born April 8, 1844, fourtli son 
of Sleiihen and Clarissa A. (Hlanchard) Ken- 
rick. His [lateinal grandfather, John Ken- 
rick, who was born December 17, 1764, was 
a native of Amesbury, Mass. He married 
.Sarah Colby, of the same place, born January 
25, 1 771, and had nine chiUlren, of whom 
.Stephen, father of Charles C, was the 
youngest. John Kenrick died in Amesbury in 
1806, and his widow married David Marsh. 

Ste[)lien Kenrick was born June 15, 1806, 
in Haverhill, Mass., and came to Franklin 
when a young man. After remaining here a 

short time, he went to Mclndoc's Falls, Vt., 
where he was for a few years engaged in bus- 
iness; and from there he went to Hangor, Me. 
Later, returning to I'ranklin, he was married 
December 29, 1833, to Clarissa A. IJlanchard. 
He then went into business in the town, and 
continued thus engaged for the greater part of 
his life. He was a very prominent citizen, 
and held various positions of importance. He 
was President of the Hillsborough National 
Bank, and also of the Concord & Portsmouth 
Railroad. His death took place on August 4, 
1S84, and that of his wife October 12, 1893. 
They were the parents of seven children — 
t^benezer B. , Ebenezer B. (second), Stephen 
B. , Charles C, John Smith, Dr. Timothy 
P'rancis, and Clarissa Ann. The first l-^ben- 
ezer B. was born March 3, 1837, and died Au- 
gust 16, 1838; and libenezer B., second, was 
born November 6, 1838, and died P'ebruary 9, 
1839. Stephen B. was born April 9, 1842, 
and married Lizzie A. Rowe, of Plymouth, 
N. H. He was interested in a railroad, the 
Fort Madison (la.) & Green Iby (Wis.), of 
which he was superintendent. He died Janu- 
ary 30, 1896, at his home in Clinton, la., 
where his wife still resides. John Snn'th 
Kenrick was born October 28, 1846, and died 
August 10, 1847. Timothy Francis Kenrick, 
born July 8, 1849, was graduated at Dart- 
mouth College and also at Utica Medical Col- 
lege. He practised a few years in this coun- 
try, and then went abroad and became the 
medical adviser of some foreign nobleman. 
In this capacity he travelled considerably, 
spending some time in Rome and Naples es- 
pecially. He died at Naples, January 29, 
1879, in his thirtieth year. The Doctor was 
a man of culture and wide intelligence, with 
bright prospects before him. The circum- 
stances of his death in a foreign land seemed 
to render it doubly sorrowful. Clarissa Ann 



Kenrick was born November 8, 1852, and died 
August 1 1, 1853. 

Charles C, the special subject of the pres- 
ent article, was educated in the academies at 
Boscavven and New London, N. H. He was 
a great lover of horses, and started out when a 
young man in the livery business at Franklin 
I'alls, in which he was engaged until 1894. 
He still remains in the stock business, being 
a breeder of fine horses and cattle, and owning 
some of the finest horses in the State. He be- 
came interested in farming, and now pursues 
it on a large scale, employing a number of 
hands to carry on the work. He is connected 
with the Franklin Savings Bank of Franklin 
Falls. He also has a keen aptitude for the 
real estate business, and at present has the 
largest interests in that line of any one in 
the city. He has built and now owns many of 
the finest business blocks and dwellings both 
in Franklin and Franklin Falls. His own 
residence in the former place is a beautiful 
one, and stands without an equal in the town. 
In political matters Mr. Kenrick has always 
shown an active interest, being a stanch Re- 
publican. He was Representative from 
Franklin for two years, and was also on the 
]?oard of Selectmen several years, being 
Chairman of the Board in 1886. He was 
elected State Senator for the terms of 1897 
and 1898. He is identified with social organ- 
izations as follows: he is a member of the 
Knights of Pythias, and was charter member 
of St. Andrew's Lodge at Franklin Falls. He 
also belongs to the A. O. U. W. at the same 
place. ]5oth he and his wife attend the Con- 
gregational church at I'ranklin. 

Mr. Kenrick was married August 5, 1894, 
to Arabelle Rowe Morgan, of Gilford, N. II. 
She was born November 26, 1849, daughter of 
Jauies and Lucinda (Harper) Rowe, the former 
of Gilfortl, and the latter of New Hampton, 

N. H. Mr. Rowe, who was a farmer most of 
his life, died August 19, 1893, his wife's de- 
cease having occurred in 1868. They had si.x 
children — George W. , Charles C. , Mary E., 
Sarah, Clara A., and Arabelle. Of these, the 
first-born, George, is a farmer in Manchester, 
N.H. ; Charles is a farmer in Methuen, 
Mass. ; Mary is the widow of John McDonald, 
and lives in Cambridgeport, Mass. ; Sarah is 
the widow of Eugene Spaulding, and lives 
with Mr. and Mrs. Kenrick ; and Clara is not 
living. Mr. Kenrick has no children, but has 
a niece living with him, Florence May Spauld- 
ing, born June 10, 1884, who is a very at- 
tractive child. 

Mr. Kenrick is decidedly the most widely 
known and successful man of a large com- 
munity. He has many and varied interests, 
and his spirit and energy are adequate for 
whatever he undertakes. He is a most pros- 
perous and substantial citizen, and his influ- 
ence has made itself felt in many ways for 
the good of the public. 


HARLES GOULL:), an extensive and 
prosperous agriculturist o'f Hopkinton, 
was born March 8, 1823, on the 
farm where he now resides, son of Captain 
Moses and Hannah (Currier) Gould. He rep- 
resents one of the oldest families of this sec- 
tion of the county. His ancestor, Joseph 
Gould, was one of the original proprietors of 
Hopkinton, where he bought land while yet 
a resident of South Hampton, N.H. Josejih 
died shortly after his purchase; and his widow 
with her family of five sons, all young men, 
came here in 1754, each son making a separate 
settlement. Joseph Gould was born in South 
Hampton, being either the son or grandson of 
the emigrant ancestor, Christopher Gould, who 
came to this country from luigland, locating 



ill lIami)loii, N.I I. Tlic five sods of Joseph 
were: Moses, l^lias, Gideon, John, and Chris- 
toplier, all of whom served in the Revolu- 
tionary War, married, and reared families. 
Some descendants of each arc now living in 
Merrimack County. Several of these formerly 
si)el]ed their name Goold. One of them, Na- 
thaniel (i<iol(l, who settled in Chicago in 
1S38, going there on the old steamer "Mad- 
ison," was the last surviving charter mem- 
ber of Dearborn Lodge, F. & A. M., at his 

Moses Gould, the grandfather of Charles, 
soon after coming here purchased the ancestral 
homestead at Hopkinton in 1754. His mother 
made her home with liini. Li 1760 or there- 
about, besides building a substantial Ikjusc 
with solid oak timbers which are still in use, 
forming the frame for the present residence, 
he cleared the timber from quite a large por- 
tion of the land. He died at the age of 
fifty-four years. His widow, in maidenhood 
Joanna Davis, who attained the age of eighty- 
two years, lived with the Shakers at Canter- 
bury from 181 8 until 1836. She bore her 
husband three children, namely: Moses, the 
father of Charles; Jonathan, who died at the 
age of twenty-two years; and Lnoch, who 
married Lydia Rowell, and lives with his fam- 
ily in liradford, N.H. Captain Moses Gould 
spent his entire life of seventy-five years on 
the old homestead, carrying on general farm- 
ing and lumbering. In his younger days he 
trained in a compan)' of the State militia, serv- 
ing as Captain for several years. He brought 
his bride, Hannah Currier, a daughter of Dan- 
iel Currier, of Warner, N. H., to the home 
farm, where she resided until her death at the 
age of eighty-two years. Here they reared 
their family of five children, namely: Joanna, 
who married Ambrose Chase, and died in 
Hopkinton, aged eighty years; Abigail, who 

was the wife of Kzn Terrill, of I'cnacook, and 
died when si.\'ty years old; Hannah, who died 
in young womanhood ; Martha, who became the 
wife of Franklin I'"rost, of Penacook, and died 
at the age of si.\ty-five years; and Charles, 
twin brother of Martha and the subject of this 

Charles Gould received a fair education at 
the Hopkinton Academy. Afterward for a 
period of twoscorc years he was engaged dur- 
ing the winter seasons as a teacher in the 
county schools. He was Captain for a time 
in the Fortieth New Hampshire militia, in 
which his father had previously been an 
officer. He has also served many terms as one 
of the Superintending School Committee. In 
1859 he was a member of the Board of Select- 
men. For some time he has been Master of 
the local grange. In the management of his 
farm he has shown good judgment. Besides 
making desirable improvements he has added 
more land to the original hundred acres. In 
his large dairy he keeps high-grade, Guernsey 
cattle, and has every modern facility for mak- 
ing butter, which he produces at the rate of 
one hundred pounds per week. This product 
brings him the average price of thirty cents a 
pound the year round. At the World's. Fair, 
held in Chicago in 1893, it received a high 
award, the merits ranking almost to the ma.xi- 
mum on every point counted. He received 
the World's Columbian E.xposition Medal for 
his exhibit, standing the highest of any in 
New Hampshire, and ranking third among the 
whole number of competing States. He has 
likewise carried away several first prizes at 
State fairs. In politics Mr. Gould has been 
a free silver man for years, and in the last 
Presidential campaign was an earnest supporter 
of W. J. Bryan. He is very liberal in his re- 
ligious beliefs and an active member of the 
Swedenborgian church. 



On November 4, 1847, Mr. Gould married 
Miss Ruth Mill, daughter of Thomas Hill, of 
this town. Mr. Hill and his father owned the 
Contoocook water-power for many years. He 
was a veteran of the Revolution, serving in 
all the important battles, including that of 
Bunker Hill; and he afterward received a pen- 
sion from the government. Mrs. Gould and 
Mrs. Samantha Spalding, daughter of Stephen 
Putney, were, in 1896, living daughters of 
Revolutionary soldiers in Hopkinton. Mr. 
and Mrs. Gould became the parents of seven 
children — Moses C, Louis A., Charles 
Henry, Clara 1., Robert T., Helen A., and 
Herbert J. Moses C. is a dentist at Seneca 
Falls, N. Y. ; Louis A., born April 26, 1852, 
attended the university at Syracuse, N.Y., for 
two years, afterward receiving the degree of 
Doctor of Medicine at Ann Arbor, Mich., in 
1880. He began the practice of his profession 
at Ovid, N. Y. , and in 1889 settled in Farmer 
Village, the same State, where he is in prac- 
tice at the present time. He was for many 
years President of the Seneca County Medical 
Society, and for nine years was Coroner of 
that county. Charles Henry, a stone-cutter 
of Cambridge, Mass., built the armory in Bos- 
ton. Clara I. is the wife of Otto L. Bullard, 
of Bellingham, Mass. Robert T. is living on 
the homestead. Helen A. is the wife of 
George A. Newton, of Ilenniker, N. H. ; and 
Herbert J. resides with his iiiother, Charles 
H., in Cambridge, Mass. 

Robert T. Gould, born RTay 23, 1863, has 
continued in business with his father, and has 
now the entire charge of the farm. He is very 
energetic and progressive, the present e.xten- 
sive butter business conducted on the farm 
being the result of his enterprise. He was 
educated in the Contoocook Academy, after 
which, making up his mind to devote his time 
to agricultural jiursuits, he settled near liis 

father, building a neat residence on the farm 
in 1894. On April 3, 1895, he married Miss 
Mary M., daughter of John F. and Nellie 
(Putney) Currier, of Hopkinton. She is a 
lady of culture and a graduate of the Concord 
High School, lioth Robert and his wife are 
members of the local grange, in which he has 
been Master. Very active in the grange work 
of the county and State, he has attended the 
National Grange, and, with his father, has 
been present at the meeting of the State 

f^OHN M. COLE, a well-known farmer 
and real estate speculator of Plainfield, 
was born here, August 3, 1836, son of 
Daniel and Lucinda (Bryant) Cole. The Cole 
family is of German origin. The great-grand- 
father of John M. was Ebenezer Cole. The 
grandfather, Daniel Cole, was one of the pios- 
perous farmers of Plainfield in his day, and 
also followed the trades of tanning, currying, 
and shoemaking. He fought for inde]icndence 
in the Revolutionary War, taking part in thir- 
teen engagements; and he received for his ser- 
vices a pension, which after his death was ex- 
tended to his widow. He and his family 
came up the river upon a horse sled, and 
were among the pioneers of this section. At 
his death he was ninety years old. He mar- 
ried lulith Wilbur, and liis family consisted 
of si.x children, all now deceased; namely, 
Stephen, Wheeler, Enos, John, Daniel, and 
Hannah. Stephen became a physician, and 
practised in Concord, N.H., for a number of 
years. He married in that town, and later 
settled in Vermont, where he passed the rest 
of his life. Wheeler went to Ohio, and be- 
came a prosperous farmer. He married in 
that State, and left a daughter. Enos mar- 
rietl and settled in ]?urlington, Vt. John was 
in business in Lowell, Mass., and Nashua, 

I5I0C;R.\I'1IICAL kevikw 


N.II., for a number of years. Me married 
Lucy I'ike, of Concord, N.II. Hannah be- 
came the wife of Jo.seph Spaulding, an exten- 
sive farmer of I'lainfieiil, and reared a family. 
Daniel Cole, the father of John M., was 
Ijorn in I'lainfield. He succeeded to the 
ownership of his father's property, and during 
the active period of his life was engaged in 
general farming and stock-raising. He served 
as Overseer of the Poor and Highway Sur- 
veyor for a number of years, and was a Justice 
of the Peace. In politics he supported the 
Republican party, and his religious belief was 
the Haptist creed. He lived to be seventy- 
three years old, and left a good estate, to- 
gether with a record for honesty and integrity, 
of which his descendants may well be proud. 
Daniel Cole was twice married. His first 
wife was Patty Johnson, who bore him si.x 
children; namely, Sarah, Martha, Abel, 
George, Harriet, and Daniel W. Sarah mar- 
ried l^arl Westgate, a farmer of Flainficid, 
and had a family of six children. Martha 
wedded Alfred Hannis, a school teacher of 
Claremont, N.H., and reared a family. Abel, 
who engaged in farming, wedded Marcia 
Houghton, of Windsor, Vt. George, who 
followed agriculture successfully, married 
Samantha .Souther, of I'lainfield. Both are 
now deceased. Harriet is now the widow of 
Nathan Souther, late of Lowell, Vt. Daniel 
W. resided upon a farm in Cornish, and died 
in that town. He married Ardel Spencer, a 
native of I'lainfield; and a daughter survives 
him. Daniel Cole's second wife, Lucinda 
Pryant Cole, became the mother of five chil- 
dren — John M., Homer, Marcia, Wilbur, and 
one that died in infancy. Homer follows the 
trade of a painter and paper-hanger in Plain - 
field. He married Mrs. E. Harris, a widow of 
Windsor, who has had no children. Marcia, 
who is no longer living, married George 

Chase, of Windsor, a mason by fratle; and she 
had two children. Wilbur, who is a prosper- 
ous farmer in Cornish, married Clara Hook, of 
that town, and has one son. 

John M. Cole acquired a comnion-schooi 
education, and since early manhood has been 
engaged in farming. He succeeded to the 
homestead, where he continued to reside some 
five years after his father's death. He then 
sold it to Charles Kenyon, and bought the 
Coburn place in Cornish. This property he 
sold to William Kinsman a year later, and 
purchased the Woodard farm in Plainfield. 
He had resided there about fifteen years, when 
he sold that property to William True, and 
bought the Jordan farm, located upon the River 
Road. After disposing of the Jordan place to 
Ralph Morgan some two years ago, he pur- 
chased the Burrage farm, where he now re- 
sides. His custom in these transactions was 
to improve the estate after buying it, and then 
to sell it at a good profit. He now owns a 
farm of one hundred acres, with substantial 
buildings, from which a view may be obtained 
of the Ascutney Mountains and the village of 
Hartland. Vt. , upon the opposite shore of the 
Connecticut River. He has made a specialty 
of raising sheep and cattle, and he has been 
quite successful in general farming. 

Mr. Cole married Jane Bugbee, who was 
born in Hartland, Vt., December 27, 1836, 
and was educated at the Kimball Union Acad- 
emy. Her grandfather was a Revolutionary 
soklier. Her father, George Bugbee, who 
was born in Cornish, Vt., in 181 3, and was a 
prosperous farmer in that town, died in 1882. 
He married Eunice Lanphire, who, born in 
Hartland, Vt., in 1803, died in 1869, her 
only child being Jane. Mr. and Mrs. Cole 
have four children, as follows: George A., 
born March 14, 1S63; Daniel, born March 11, 
1867; Samuel W. , born March iS, 1868; and 



Lizzie J., born December 23, 1870. George 
A., who is engaged in agriculture in Plain- 
field, married Hattie Royce, and has two sons 
— Charlie and Leonard. Daniel is a resident 
of this town. Samuel W., who is a travelling 
salesman for a jewelry house, married Ida M. 
Jenkins, of Attleboro, Mass. Lizzie J. mar- 
ried Harley McCrillis, a confectioner of 
White River Junction, Vt. 

Mr. Cole has served upon the School Board 
and in other town ofifices. Politically, he 
supports the Republican party, and in his 
religious views is a Baptist. He is well 
informed upon all current topics, and is es- 
pecially interested in family history and the 
preservation of relics. He has in his posses- 
sion several old deeds and mortgages. Among 
the deeds is one conveying property from John- 
son to Cole, bearing the date of December 
25, 1819. Another deed is from Walker to 
Daniel Cole, dated April 4, 1806. He also 
has the will of his grandfather, dated July 20, 
1S39, and probated l)y Judge rutnain, and the 
paper relating to his enlistment and his dis- 
charge from the Continental army. 


AVID A. SARGENT, a hotel-keeper 
in Croydon, was born January 5, 
1S29, in (rrantham, N. H., son of 
Moses and Mary (Clement) Sargent. His 
paternal grandfather was one of the early 
settlers of Warner, N.H. The father was 
born in Warner, May i, 1788, and remained 
there for some time, carrying on general farm- 
ing. Later he removed to (irantham, where 
he spent the remainder of his life. While a 
Republican in politics, he never held public 
ofifice. He died in 1849, at the age of sixty- 
one years. His wife Mary, who was born in 
Warner, December 3, 1788, died in 1870, at 
the advanced age of eighty-two years. Both 

were members of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church of Grantham. Their nine children 
were born as follows: Seth C, May 12, 1815; 
Benjamin, July 12, 1817; Moses C, Septem- 
ber 30, 1819; Aaron, June 18, 1821; Rozilla, 
February 3, 1823; Elizabeth C, December 

19, 1824; John C, October 21, 1826; David 
A., January 5, 1829; Almira N. , E'ebruary 

20, 1831. Of these children the survivors 
are: lilizabeth C, David A., and Almira N. 

David A. Sargent was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of Grantham. He was afterward 
engaged in general farming, carrying on the 
farm after the death of his father, and contin- 
uing there for a number of years. In 1862 be 
started in the hotel business in the same town, 
running the Grantham House for si.x and one- 
half years. Then he disposed of that property, 
and in 1870 located in Croydon, where he has 
since lived. He has conducted the hotel there 
for the past twenty-six years. He is a liberal 
in his religious views. In politics he is a Re- 
publican. He has been Town Cleik for the 
past two years. On April 8, 1853, Mr. Sar- 
gent married Mary A. Clark, who was born in 
Grantham, daughter of Asa Clark, and died 
in 1885. Subsequently he married Diana M. 
Wallace, a native of Vermont, who died in 
1 891. Darwin A. Sargent, son of the first 
wife, born in i860, was engaged in general 
farming, and resided in Croydon. He married 
Mabel A. Allen, and died in 1895, leaving 
his wife with three children — OtisC, Roy 
A., and Dora M. Mr. Sargent is a self-made 
man and one who has the respect of his towns- 
men. He is a very pleasant man to meet, and 
is one of the oldest business men in Croytlcm. 
His hotel, which is very homelike, accommo- 
dates twenty guests. It is but a short drive 
from Austin Corbin's park, and n)any visitors 
aniuiall)' stoji with him and enjoy the imuin- 
tain scenery. 



(5>r XDkl'W J. SILVICK, senior i)artiicr 
LLI ill the firm of Silver & Hall, Goss- 
' ''V._, ville, and an ox-member of the New 
Hampshire legislature, was born in Dcerficld, 
N.H., May 9, 1835, son of Joseph M. and 
Sarah S. (Chase) Silver. The latter, natives 
respeetively of Haverhill, Mass., and Deer- 
field, were both born in the year i.Soo. Jo- 
seph M. Silver moved to Deerfield when quite 
young and learned the carpenter's trade. The 
active portion of his life was devoted to that 
calling. He owned a good farm, which he 
also cultivated with succes.s, and lived to the 
age of eighty-eight years. In politics he 
acted with the Republican party. His wife, 
Sarah, who was a daughter of Nathan Chase, of 
Deertield, became the mother of seven chil- 
dren, of whom there arc living: Abbie C, 
John \\'., Andrew J., Horace C, and Charles 
\V, Abbie C. is the wife of C. W. Prescott, 
of Raymond, N.H. John W. married Hattie 
Chase, of Chester, N.H.; and his children 
are: Walter II. and Charles P. Horace C. 
first married I\Iary K. Prown, and subse- 
quently Mrs. Josephine White, a native of 
Tilton, and the widow of Charles H. White. 
Neither wife is now living. Charles W. mar- 
ried Abbie Arlin, of Manchester, N.H. Mrs. 
Josejjh M. Silver died at the age of eighty- 
two. .She and her husband were members of 
the Congregational church. 

Andrew J. Silver completed his education 
at the Pittsfield Academy. After assisting 
his father for a short time, he became a clerk 
in a general store at Suncook \'illage, in the 
town of Pembroke; and later he worked in the 
same capacity at llookset. During the latter 
part of the Civil War he was clerk at the 
naval store connected with the United States 
Navy Yard at Portsmouth. After the war he 
followed the same occupation for a short time 
longer, and then established a general store, 

which he conducted for a year. In 1870 he 
went to Epsom, and formed a |)artner.sliip 
with Jacob F. Robinson, the firm of Silver & 
Robinson conducting a thriving bu.sincs.s for 
thirteen years. He then associated himself 
with Charles S. Hall, his pre.scnt partner, and 
the firm of Silver & Hall have since had a 
profitable trade in (iossville. 

On November 30, 1870, Mr. Silver married 
Juliette E. Jame.s, daughter of Jeremiah G. 
James, of Deerfield. Mr. and Mrs. Silver 
have one son, Harry, who was born .Septem- 
ber 2, 1 882. During the years 1878 and 1879 
Mr. Silver represented P-psom in the legis- 
lature, and was the first Republican member of 
that body from this town. He has been Post- 
master in Gossville since 1881. He is con- 
nected with Rockingham Lodge, F. & A. M., 
of Candia, N. H., and has occupied all of the im- 
portant chairs in I^vergreen Lodge, I. O. O. F., 
of Short Falls. He ranks among the leading 
business men of Epsom, and his political ser- 
vices are highly appreciated by his fellow- 

ARRI:N SARGENT, a brick manu- 
facturer of Allenstown, and a son 
of Sterling and Sarah (Gault) Sar- 
gent, was born in this town, September i, 
1837. The genealogy of the Sargents, who 
are of luiglish origin, is directly traced 
through eight generations to Richard Sargent, 
who is supposed to have been an officer in the 
royal navy of England. The first ancestor to 
come to America was William Sargent (first), 
who was born in England about the year 
1602, and first settled in Ipswich, Mass. 
Later he moved to Newbury, and still later to 
Hampton, N.H. A more extended accotmt 
of the Sargent family will be found in the 
sketch of the life of Philip Sargent. The 
great-grandfather of Warren Sargent, also 



named Sterling, was born in Salisbury, Mass., 
May 25, 1 73 1. When a young man he settled 
in Allenstown, where he followed agriculture 
during the active period of his life, and lived 
to a good old age. He was three times mar- 
ried. By his first union, contracted with 
Lydia Coffin, there were five children, of 
whom Philip was the youngest. On Septem- 
ber 24, I7<S5, he married Mehitable Davis, a 
native ot Amesbury, Mass. His third mar- 
riage, which was performed February i i, 
1788, united him to Mary Andrews, of Pem- 
broke, N. H., who died in February, 1820. 

Philip Sargent, the grandfather of Warren, 
was born in Allenstown, March 21, 1765. 
He was a prosperous farmer, resided in this 
town throughout his entire life, and died 
P'ebruary 21, 1820. In 1793 he married 
Sally Perrin, a native of Pembroke, who had 
one child. Sterling. Sterling Sargent, who 
was born in Allenstown, March 20, 1794, 
enlisted for service in the War of 1812 as a 
drummer, joining in 1814 Captain Sam- 
uel Collins's company, and subsequently 
served in John Montgomery's brigade under 
General Nathaniel Fisk, receiving promotion 
to the rank of Drum Major. After his return 
from the army he engaged in the manufacture 
of brick in Allenstown, and afterward followed 
that business successfully for many years in 
connection with farming. A stanch supporter 
of the Democratic party, he was a member of 
the Board of Selectmen for a number of years, 
and was a Representative to the legislature 
from this district for eight consecutive terms. 
He was well advanced in Masonry. At the 
age of seventy-four he died. His wife Sally, 
whom he married December 29, 18 14, was a 
daughter of Matthew Ciault, of Hooksct, 
N.H., who served as a soldier in the Revolu- 
tionary War. She became the mother of 
eleven children, five of whom are living; 

namely, Philip, Mrs. Sally llartwcll, Mrs. 
W. F. Head, Warren, and Abbie. Abbie is 
the wife of Nathaniel B. Emery, of Pembroke, 
N.H., and has two children — Frederick P. 
and Nathaniel B., Jr. Mrs. Sterling Sargent 
died at the age of sixty-seven. Beth she and 
her husband were members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. 

After attending the common schools of his 
native town for the usual period, Warren Sar- 
gent completed his education in New London, 
N. H. Then he worked upon the home farm 
until 1861, when he went to California, where 
he remained for over two years. At the ex- 
piration of that time he returned to Allens- 
town, and, forming a partnership with his 
brother Philip, engaged in the manufacture of 
brick. In 1891 his brother withdrew from the 
firm, and since that time W'arren has carried 
on business alone. He owns and occujiies 
a farm of eighty acres, which he cultivates 

On April 2, 1868, Mr. Sargent was united 
in marriage with P'annic E. Knowles, of' 
Pittsfield, N. H. She died January 11, 1895, 
leaving no children. On June 9, 1896, he 
married for his second wife Mrs. P'lorence L. 
Staples Brown, daughter of James Staples, of 
Danversport, Mass. In politics Mr. Sargent is 
a Democrat. He takes a lively interest in the 
prosperity and welfare of the town, and is con- 
nected with the Patrons of Husbandry. Mrs. 
Sargent is a niember of the Baptist church. 

be readily called to memory as a 
leading resilient of Plainfield. He 
was born in Groton, Mass., May 8, iSiS, 
son of William and Rebecca (Barrett) Ward. 
The father, who was a prosperous^ farmer in 
Plainfield, was twice married. His first mar- 




i"ia<;c was contracted witli Rebecca Barrett, 
and the maiden name nf his second wife was 
Rebecca Boynton. His children, three by 
each marriafje, were: William 15., l\ebccca, 
Sarah, Innjamiii I"., Alfre'd, and Cyrus. I<ie- 
becca married Norman Smith, a tanner of 
I.empster, N.II., and had two children. All 
the members of this family are now deceased. 
Sar;'.h is the wife of George C. I'n-eman, a 
successful farmer of IMainfield, and has three 
children liviii,<;. Benjamin F. successively 
mariied ivlna Davis and Lizzie 1'. .Siiauldin;^. 
Mis second wife had one son, I'"re(l S., who is 
a jihysician in New York. Alfred, who 
wedded Mary Burnap, of this town, .-ind was 
a farmer in a Western State, died some two 
years ago, leaving one child. Cyrus, who for- 
merly conducted a baker)', and retired from 
active business some time since, wedded 
Martha Thornton, of Springfield, Vt. 

William I^rooks Ward was graduated from 
the Kimball Union Academy. He then en- 
gaged in educational work, and taught scliool 
in Louisville, Ky. , for nine years. Returning 
to Plainfield, he purchased his father's farm, 
in the management of which thereafter he 
proved himself an industrious and capable 
farmer. His natural ability and fine scholarly 
attainments made him especially eligible for 
thj public service. He was a member of the 
Board of Selectmen for one year. He was 
several times a candidate for Representative 
to the legislature, but his party was in the 
minority. Much interested in military mat- 
ters, he was Captain of a Plainfield company 
of militia. An esteemed member of the ]?ap- 
tist church, lie sang in the choir for many 
years. Mr. Ward married Maria P. P^uller, 
who was born in Plainfield, November g, 
1833. Her education was completed at the 
Kimball Union Academy, and jirevious to her 
marriage she was very successfully engaged in 

teaching school. .She ha.s had six children, 
as follows: William II., born June 15, 1855; 
Arthur !•"., born June 26, 1856; Fred B., 
born October 3, 185.S, who died in infancy; 
Herbert I'.., born I-'ei^ruary 4, 1862; ]5en- 
jamin V., born February 28, 1865; and Julia 
M., born March 15, 1872. The five surviving 
children were educated at the Kimball Union 
Academy and other well-known schools. 
William H., who is now a milk dealer in Bos- 
ton, married Alice Delancey, and has one 
daughter, Gladys N. Arthur ]•". resides at 
the homestead, and carries on the farm. 
Herbert K., vvho was graduated from the 
academy in 1881, after pursuing a course at 
Eastman's Business College, Poughkecp.sie, 
taught school for some time, and about ten 
years ago became an employee in the well- 
known jewelry store of New York City con- 
ducted by the Messrs. Tiffany, where he is 
now the superintendent. Benjamin F., who 
was in the meat business, died of consump- 
tion, March 29, 1890. Julia AL is now the 
wife of William IL Skinner, of Windsor, Vt. 
The father, William Ikooks Ward, died Sep- 
tember 18, 1892, at the age of seventy-four 

liNJAMIN GLIXES, a prosperous 
general farmer and stock-raiser of 
N'orthfickl, was born in this town, 
October 3, 1839, son of Jacob and Klmira 
(Glover) Glines. His great-grandfather was 
jirobably the first settler in Northfield. 
Grandfather Abram Glines was a lifelong 
resident of the town. The father, now de- 
ceased, who was occupied in farming through- 
out the active period of his life, was twice 
married. The maiden name of his first wife 
was Nanc)' Glines. His second marriage was 
contracted with Elmira Glover, who bore him 
eight children. Of these two are living, 



namely: Benjamin, the subject of this sketch; 
and Nancy, who married George Stewart, and 
lives in Franklin. The others were: Jacob, 
Elmira, Isaac, Darius, Jacob (second), and 
Nancy (first). The mother married for her 
second husband John B. Glover, a native of 
Canterbury, N.H., born in 1814, who now re- 
sides with his step-son in Northfield. Her 
death occurred in 1S89. 

Benjamin Glines received his education in 
the common schools of Northfield. After his 
marriage he resided in Canterbury for a year, 
and then returned to Northfield, where he has 
since been engaged in agriculture. In 1885 
he moved to his present farm of one hundred 
and sixteen acres. Here he carries on gen- 
eral farming, dairying, and stock-raising. On 
April 28, i860, Mr. Glines married Annie 
L. Robinson-, who was reared by her hus- 
band's step-father, John B. Glover. Mr. and 
Mrs. Glines have had seven children — 
Willie, Charles, Frank, Burt, Nellie, Ida, 
ant! Benjamin. Willie married Etta La 
Baron, of Sanbornton, and is now a carpenter 
in Tilton, N. H. ; Charles wedded Mary 
Brown, and is following the same trade in 
Waltham, Mass. ; Frank, who wedded Mary 
Leaman, of Laconia, lives in Northfield; Burt 
married Ena Randall, and is residing in Can- 
terbury; Nellie died at the age of si.xteen 
years; Ida dieil at the age of two years; and 
Benjamin is living at the homestead. Mrs. 
Glines has adopted a daughter, Rosa Tappen, 
who was born August i, 1892. In jiolitics 
Mr. (jlines is a Democrat. II is wife is a 
member of the church. 

I.ICAVITT CAIN, M.D., born Sep- 
tember 26, 1859, in Goshen, Sullivan 
County, son of George W. and Cynthia 
J. (Leavitt) Cain, is an esteemed i)iiysician of 

Newport. The father, a native of Unity, 
N. H., after dealing in dry goods for some 
time, became a farmer. He now resides in 
Newport. In politics he takes an independent 
course. The mother, who came from Grant- 
ham, N.H., died at the age of seventy-six 
years. Both parents were members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. Of their two 
children Willie G., the younger, a graduate 
of Dartmouth in the class of 1883, and living 
in Cambridge, Mass., is a physician. 

J. Leavitt Cain grew up on a .farm in 
Croydon, and received his education in the 
district schools and at Kimball Union Acad- 
emy. In 1883 he graduated from the medical 
department of Dartmouth College, and in the 
following year took a post-graduate course in 
New York City. He first located in Grant- 
ham, where he remained until 1889. In 
that year he came to Newport, where he has 
been successful in building up a good practice. 
He covers a large territory, visiting the sick 
for fifteen miles through the surrounding 
country. He is regarded as one of the lead- 
ing physicians of the county. He supports 
the Democratic party in politics, is a Mason 
of Mount Vernon Lodge and of .Sullivan 
Commandery at Claremont, and belongs to 
the I. O. O. F. at Newport. 

\Cy\;/ IIITTH'R BROTHICRS, of Hopkin- 
ton, comprising Nahum Milton 
Whittier and Leon Dayton Whit- 
tier, who are extensively engaged in sawing, 
planing, and the manufacture of shingles and 
other forms of lumber, are^sons of Jacob and 
Harriet (Sanborn) Whittier. The father was 
born in Hock, now I_)an\'ilk', N.II., in 1820. 
He was a son of James VVhillier, a cousin of 
John G. Whittier, the jioet, and his wife, 
Hepsibah (Hunt) Whittier, both of Danville. 




Reared in his native town, Jacob lived there 
until he was about thirty years of age. Then 
he removed to IIo[)kinton, locating on the 
Jewett road. In I cS6o lie bought the present 
home farm, and was here engaged in farming 
and shoemaking for a time. On October 24, 
1S62, he enlisted fiu' the Civil War in the 
Si.xtcenth New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, 
going at once with his comrades to New Or- 
leans, where he was stationed for the most of 
the time he was in the service. With his 
health undermined by the enervating climate 
and the privations of army life, he was honor- 
ably discharged ; and he returned to his family 
just three days prior to his death, which oc- 
curred August 18, 1863. In August, in 1843, 
he married Miss Harriet Sanborn, daughter of 
Teter and Lucinda (C(dlins) Sanborn, of Dan- 
ville. They became the ])arents of five chil- 
dren, namely: Nahuni Milton, one of thc- 
subjects of this sketch, who has never married ; 
Ausebia Angeline, now the wife of Sidney S. 
Upham, of Concord, and the mother of two 
children — Sidney Ethel and Burton Thomas; 
Charles luncry, who died at the age of three 
and one-half years ; Emma Aldana, who mar- 
ried Arvin Samuel Roundy, of Concord, and 
has one child, Waldo Sidney; and Leon Day- 
ton, the other subject of this sketch. 

Nahum Milton worked for a time in his 
younger days as a carpenter, being afterward 
engaged in the milling business with Amos 
Frye. In 1S85 he formed a partnership with 
his brother, Leon D. Whittier, who had also 
learned the carpenter's trade. Having estab- 
lished the present well-known firm of Whit- 
tier Brothers, they purchased a mill, put in 
improved machinery, and embarked in their 
present profitable enterprise. In March, 
1894, the mills were burned, entailing a loss 
of two thousand dollars above their insurance. 
Messrs. Whittier, with characteristic energy, 

at once replaced the building with a larger 
one, and jjut in first-grade, modern ef.|uip- 
ments. While they own about one hundred 
and twenty acres of land, they devote the most 
of their time to their mill, employing from 
four to six men in their busy season, and 
keeping lw(j the year round. Besides lumber 
they manufacture cider, of which in 1896 they 
put out two thousand barrels. 

Nahum has not married, and lives on the 
home farm. Leon Dayton on December 24, 
1887, wedded Miss Hattie M. Story, daughter 
of Moses and Harriet D. (Story) Story. Both 
brothers are gifted musicians, and have been 
connected at different times with local bands. 
Nahum at the jiresent time is leader of the 
Ilopkinton band, and both are now members 
of an orchestra. The house they occupy was 
erected by their father, who left it in an un- 
finished condition when he went to the war. 
It has since been remodelled and enlarged, and 
a new barn and other farm buildings have been 
erected. Their widowed mother, who sur- 
vived her husband more than three decades, 
died December 6, 1895, aged seventy-one 

<*• *» 

leading physician of Newport, was 
born in Claremont, N.H., February 17, 
1 8 10, son of Josiah and Hannah (Healy) 
Swett. The grandfather, Josiah Swett, a 
farmer, was an early settler of Wenham and 
a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He mar- 
ried Prudence Richards, and died at the age of 
sixty-four years. He was a Baptist and very 
rigid in his belief. His son Josiah, born in 
176S, also followed farming. Josiah went 
from Wenham to Claremont when about 
twenty- five years of age, and in the latter town 
spent the remainder of his life. He owned 
a good farm, and was an industrious worker. 



A Methodist in religious faith, he was yet 
tolerant and liberal. In politics he was a 
Jeffersonian Democrat. He died at the age 
of seventy-five years. His wife, Hannah, 
born September 24, 1771, died at the age of 
eighty-three. They had ten children — Sally, 
Hannah, Elizabeth, Clarissa, Joseph, Mehit- 
able, Marilla, Mary, John L., and Josiah. 

Dr. Swett received his early education in 
the public schools of Claremont and at acad- 
emies in Meriden, N.H., and Wilbraham, 
Mass. Subsequently he taught school for two 
years, after which he began the study of medi- 
cine with Dr. Tolles and Dr. Kittridge, of 
Claremont. Then he took the medical lect- 
ures at Dartmouth College and at Philadel- 
phia, and graduated from the Jefferson Col- 
lege in I\Iarch, 1836. In the summer of the 
same year he located at Newport, where he 
now resides. In the forty-five years of his 
professional career he accjuired a most lucra- 
tive practice and the reputation of one of the 
best physicians in the vicinity. He is now 
practically retired, as he limits his profes- 
sional visits to a few old friends. 

On May 24, 1842, Dr. Swett married Eliz- 
abeth Kimball, who was born March 5, 1824, 
daughter of John Kimball, of 15radford. She 
died June 7, 1S52. They had four children, 
namely: Frances M., now the wife of Charles 
C. Shattuck, of California; John K. , who 
died at the age of four months; Elizabeth, 
who died when thirteen months old; and 
William K., who died in California, July 15, 
1876, at the age of twenty-four. It is further 
stated of William that he was a physician, 
that he married July 6, 1873, and that at his 
death, besides his widow, he left two sons: 
John Langdon, born August 17, 1S74; and 
William Kimball, born June 10, 1876. Dr. 
Swett married again June 2, 1853, Rebecca 
Beaman, of Princeton, Mass., iwrn November 

15, 1822, daughter of Ephraim Beaman. She 
died on June 8, 1891, leaving no children. 
The Doctor has been a member of the New 
Hampshire Medical Society for nearly sixty 
years, and was its President for some time. 
He is an honorary member of several other 
medical associations in the vicinity, in Cali- 
fornia, in the Rocky Mountains, and on the 
Pacific Coast. He is an old-school Democrat 
and a member of the F. & A. M., Mount 
Vernon Lodge, Newpoit. For many years he 
has held an honored place in the Congrega- 
tional church. He is a self-made man, ac- 
tive, energetic, and good. His daughter has 
had three children: Elizabeth K., who died 
at twenty-three years of age ; Jane ; and Charles 
C, born January ig, 1879. 

ISRAEL G. MARDIN, one of Aliens- 
town's most able and successful farmers, 
was born in this town, January 9, 1826. 
His parents, Israel and Rachel (Ham) 
Mardin, were natives respectively cf Aliens- 
town and Epsom, N.H. The paternal grand- 
father, Israel Mardin (first), a native of Ports- 
mouth, N. H., settled in AUenstown, and here 
carried on a good farm until his death, which 
occurretl when he was forty years old. In 
politics he was a Democrat. He married 
Sally Doust, a native of Deerfield, and reared 
a family of five children, none of whom are 
living. His wife, who was a memlier of liie 
Congregational church, reacheil the age of 
eighty -two years. 

Israel Mardin (second), the father of the 
subject of this sketch, was reared to farm life 
at the homestead. On succeeding to the farm, 
he cultivated it successfully during the active 
period of iiis life. He took an active part in 
political affairs, and was elected a Rejiresenta- 
tive to the legislature for two terms l)y the 



Democratic party. He died at the age of 
sixty-live. His wife, R.ichel, a daughter of 
George Ham, of l^jsom, made iiim the father 
of seven children, five of whom are living; 
namely, Harrison 15., William U., Israel G., 
John, and James C. Harrison 15. married 
Ann Gove, of VVentworth, N.H., and lias one 
son, Charles; William D. married Caroline 
Monahan, of I-'rancestovvn, N.H., and has five 
children — Frank, George, lunma, Nellie, 
and Carrie; John marrieil Mllen L. i-'lint, of 
Alienstown, and his children are: John, 
Mabel, and Hattie A. ; James C. married 
Sarah Wiggins, of Deerfielil; and she is the 
mother of two children — ]5urt and Rachel. 
Mrs. Rachel Mardin lived to be eighty-one 
years old. She and her husband were attentl- 
ants of the Congregational church. 

Israel G. Mardin was reared and educated 
in Alienstown. After leaving school he was 
employed in a brickyard for a time. Subse- 
quently he took up farming, which has since 
been his principal occupation. In iS8i he 
purchased his present farm of one hundred 
and thirty acres. The tillage portion of it is 
devoted chiefly to the raising of hay and 

On March 31, 1853, Mr. Mardin wedded 
Hannah J. Giles, daughter of Paul S. Giles, 
of Northwood, N.H. They have no children. 
In politics Mr. Mardin is a Democrat. He' 
has served as Supervisor of the Check List and 
as Highway Surveyor. One of the leading 
farmers of Alienstown, and possessing many 
admirable qualities, he has the esteem and 
confidence of his fellow-townsmen. 

(sffOHN S. 1-"0RD was a well-known 
farmer and lantl-owner of Danbury. A 
native of Grafton, N.H., and a son of 

Archibald F. and Polly (Searle) Ford, he was 

born October 15, 1.S24. His grandfather, 
Robert Ford, one of a large family of children, 
was one of the early settlers of Grafton, where 
he secured a grant of land, and thereafter cul- 
tivated it until his death. Robert married 
Mary Riddle, and they reared a family of four 
sons and three daughters. 

Archibald Ford, like his father, was a 
farmer. After the birth of his son John he 
moved to Danbury, where he spent the latter 
part of his life, and died June 15, 1S7S. lie- 
sides cultivating his land, he made important 
highway surveys. His other children were: 
Mary S., George N., Charles, and Robert. 
Mary, now Mrs. N. \V. Flanders and a widow, 
lives at Wilmot F'lat, and has two sons — 
Charles F. and James; Robert lives at Camp- 
ton, N.H., and has four children; George, 
now deceased, left eight children. 

John S. F'ord, who was the eldest of his 
])arents' chiUlren, was educated in the Dan- 
i)ury schools and in Franklin Academy; and 
he lived on the homestead until he was 
twenty-two years of age. When the Northern 
Railroad was being built, he was employed on 
the gradings and on the stone work. Later 
he was made station agent, and he has had 
charge of a lunch-room in the depot. In 1S76 
he returned to the farm which he inherited 
from his father. Here he raised some stock, 
principally cows and sheep. The proprietor 
of about twelve hundred acres, he was one of 
the largest land-owners in the section. Some 
years ago he drove cattle from Massachusetts 
up here to pasture. 

In 1847 Mr. Ford married Julia Litchfield, 
daughter of George and Lucy (Randall) Litch- 
field, of Scituate, Mass. An adopted son, 
George A., died January ig, 1885, leaving a 
wife and three children. Mr. Ford was Town 
Treasurer for a number of years. In 1866-67 
he represented the town in the State legis- 


lat-iire. He was a Mason in good standing 
In politics he was a Democrat, and he cast 
his first ballot for President in 184S. He 
died March 26, 1897. 

ENRY K. JENNEY, a farmer of 
North Charlestown, was born April 

^ * 19, 1847, in Plainfield, this county, 

son of E. O. Jenney. The Jenney family is 
one of the oldest in the county. Silas 
Jenney, the grandfather of Henry K., settled 
in Plainfield, and carried on a large farm 
there. E. O. Jenney, his son, bought a farm 
in the eastern part of Plainfield, and lived 
thereon until 1S59. Then he moved to the 
northwest part of the same town, and bought 
another farm. He raised sheep and cattle on 
a large scale, and he died in 1S76. 

Henry K. Jenney, the subject of this 
sketch, received his knowledge of the rudi- 
ments in the district schools of Plainfield. 
Then he attended Meriden Academy two 
terms each year for three years, working on 
his father's farm for the balance of the year. 
At the age of twenty, starting out in life for 
himself, he worked in his native town for a 
time. In the spring of 1870 he left his home 
and removed to Charlestown, where he was 
employed on the farm of Thomas \Vhi[)ple for 
two years. Then he bought a part of the 
Whipple farm, and he has since been success- 
fully engaged in its cultivation. During his 
residence here Mr. Jenney has bought and sold 
several farms in the village. Recently he 
bought the remainder of the Whipple farm, 
containing one hunched acres. Also, for the 
past twenty years he has been actively en- 
gaged in buying and selling stock of all kinds. 
He is a stanch Republican, has served on 
Town Committees, and is at present one of 
the Selectmen. A prominent memljcr of tiie 

Methodist church, he serves the society in the 
office of Director. He is a charter member of 
the Sugar River Grange, No. 196. 

On June 14, 1872, Mr. Jenney married 
Helen WhijDjDle, daughter of Thomas Whip- 
ple, of Charlestown. They have one child, 
Mary Alice, born May 30, 1873, who is a 
graduate of Steven's High School, and has 
taught school in Claremont and Charlestown 
for the past three years. Tlie Whipple fam- 
ily have been connected with the town of 
Charlestown since 1725, when Moses 
Whipple, great-grandfather of Mrs. Jenney, 
settled there. He was a prominent man in 
the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Jenney has in 
her possession to-day the original documents 
appointing him Colonel in the Colonial army, 
signed by King George III., and counter- 
signed by Governor Wentworth, of New 
Hampshire. Thomas Whipple, who success- 
fully followed the occupation of surveyor, was 
superintendent of the Charlestown schools for 
thirteen consecutive years and a Justice of 
the Peace for thirty-five years. He dieil 
March i, 1S70. Mr. Jenney is regarded as 
one of the prominent residents of the town. 

etor of .Smith's Business College of 
Concord, was born in Wilmington, 
Vt., I-'ebruary 22, 1867, son of Francis R. and 
Jeanette (Powers) Smith. His father was a 
native of Wilmington. His mother was born 
in Marlboro, Vt. His paternal great-grand- 
father, Jabez Smitii, born at Dover, Mass., 
was grandson of Caleb .Smitii, l)orn at Need- 
ham, Mass., in 1720. His paternal great- 
grandmother, Chloe Richanls, born at Ded- 
ham, Mass., was a direct descendant of Ed- 
ward Richards, born in luigland in 16 10. 
Williaiu Don- .Smith began his education in 



the public schools of Wilmington, and later 
attended Glenwood Academy at West IJrattle- 
horo. At the age of twenty he began teach- 
ing ill the public schools of Newfane, and 
later taught for some time in the jjublic 
schools of 15rattleboro, Vt. Soon after gradu- 
ating from lliiimaiVs Business College of 
Worcester, Mass., he accepted a position there 
as teacher, and remained thus employed for 
four years. Soon after leaving there he came 
to Concord, N.II., and opened the commercial 
school known as Smith's ]5usiness College. 

Des[)ite the discouraging [irospects and 
piophecies, he has by c|uiet ami persistent ef- 
furt succeeded where others have failed, in 
building up a thriving institution that is 
to-day regarded as an important factor in the 
education of the young people of New Hamp- 

Mr. Smith has always been a Rei)ui)lican 
in politics. 

§1';RKMIAH GARVIN, of Chichester, 
an ex-member of the New Hampshire 
legislature antl a veteran of the Civil 
War, was born January 3, 1842, at the family 
hvjmesteatl on Garvin Hill, where he now re- 
sitles, son of Jesse and Eunice (Lcavitt) Gar- 
vin. , The father, a native of I'embroke, 
N.H., was reared upon a farm near Garvin 
l'"alls, Pembroke. When a young man he was 
engaged for several years in rafting logs on 
the Merrimac River. Subsequently turning 
liis attention to agricultural pursuits, he pur- 
chased a large farm in Chichester. This 
property, situated in the southern part of the 
town, is known as Garvin's Hill, which is 
twelve luuidred feet above the level of the sea. 
In 1840 Jesse Garvin erected the present sub- 
st.uitial brick residence, which is still one of 
the principal landmarks in Chichester; and he 
resided here for the rest of his life. He was 

twice married. His first wife, in maidenhood 
named Morrison, and who was a native of 
Pembroke, bore him two children. Of these 
Wilson D. survives, and resides in Concord, 
N.II. He wedded Olive Ann Lcavitt, of 
Chichester, and his children are: William, 
I'2tta, Idalctte, and Ajonzo. Garvin's 
second wife, Eunice (Leavitt) Garvin, a 
daughter of Jonathan Leavitt, of Chichester, 
became the mother of thirteen children, of 
whom there are living — Benjamin, Nancy, 
Lucretta, Solomon L., Mary, John E., Ann 
Maria and Jeremiah (twins), and ICmma L. 
Benjamin married Adeline Kimball, of Hills- 
borough, N.H., ami has four sons — Jefferson, 
Herbert, I*" rank, and Jesse. Nancy is now 
the widow of Moses O. Pearson, late of Man- 
chester, N.lL; and her children are: Nellie, 
Elizabeth, and Bertha. Lucretta is the widow 
of James P. Eaton, late of Ivnfield, N.H., and 
has one daughter, Kate Pearl. Solomon L. 
married Sarah Keith, who came from the 
West, and has three children — George, Sarah, 
and Perley. Mary is the widow of Charles 
Goss, late of Salem, Mass.; and her children 
are: Charles, Mary, and Perley. Ann .Maria 
is now the widow of Charles B. Bradley, late 
of Manchester, N.II., and has no children. 
Emma L. married Abraham Ellwood, of Illi- 
nois, and has four children — Mildred, Sally, 
I'^mma, and Leonard. Jesse Garvin died on 
the homestead in Chichester, at the age of 
seventy-four years; and his wife lived to be 
eighty-seven. In politics he was orginally a 
Jackson ian Democrat, but later he supported 
the Republican party. Both he and his wife 
were members of the Congregational church. 
Jeremiah Garvin was educated in the com- 
mon schools of his native town. After leav- 
ing school he was employed as a farm as- 
sistant in Derry, N. H., for eight years. In 
1864 he enlisted in Company C, First New 



Hampshire Heavy Artillery, and subsequently 
served in the Civil War with the rank of Cor- 
poral. At the close of the war he returned to 
his native State, settled in Manchester, and 
was afterward engaged in the milk business 
and in teaming for eighteen years. About 
the year 1883 he was appointed Superintendent 
of the City Farm, a position which he occu- 
pied for the ensuing five years. He then had 
charge of the Hillsborough County Farm for 
over five years, after which he returned to the 
homestead in Chichester, which he had bought 
in 1886. This property, containing one hun- 
dred and sixty acres of land, is one of the 
most desirable estates in the locality. Besides 
carrying on general farming he accommodates 
a number of select summer boarders. His 
residence, which has a magnificent view of 
mountain scenery, is patronized to its fullest 
capacity during the heated term. Mr. Garvin 
is an active supporter of the Republican party. 
He served as a special police officer in Man- 
chester for five years, and represented that 
city in the legislature from 1874 to 1877. 
He was also Road Agent for four years, and 
he served as a member of the Board of Select- 
men of Chichester for two years. Experi- 
enced in public affairs, he is now President of 
the Republican Club of this town. 

On June 13, 1862, Mr. Garvin was united 
in marriage with Georgietta Coburn, daughter 
of Isaac and Eliza C. (Nesmith) Coburn, of 
Londonderry, N.H. Mr. and Mrs. Garvin 
have had four children, of whom three are liv- 
ing — • I'ldward J., Laura E., and Charles E. 
Mr. Garvin is connected with Hillsborough 
Lodge, No. 2, L O. O. F., of Manchester, 
and is a member of the encampment. He has 
been a comrade of Louis Bell I'ost, G. A. R., 
of Manchester, since its organization ; and he 
is associated with Chichester Grange, Patrons 
of Husbandry. 

l jp nent dairy farmer of Chichester and 
V »r ^ a member of the Board of Select- 
men, was born upon the farm he now owns and 
occupies, December 13, 1851, son of Edward 
and Mary J. (Blake) Langmaid. His grand- 
father, Edward Langmaid, who for a number 
of years kept a tavern at Hampton P^alls, 
N.H., moved to a farm of fifty acres situated 
in Chichester, and was there engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits for about two years. He died 
at the age of forty-two. The grandfather's 
wife, whose maiden name was Mehitable 
Dodge, reared six children. Of these Sam- 
uel, the only survivor, who served as a Captain 
in the Civil War, married and had two daugh- 
ters — Helen and Clara. Mrs. Mehitable 
Langmaid lived to the age of eighty-three 
years. She was a member of the Congrega- 
tional church. 

Edward Langmaid, father of Charles A., 
was born in Hampton Falls. The active por- 
tion of his life was devoted to tilling the soil; 
and he resided for the most of the time in 
Chichester until his death, which occurred 
when he was seventy years old. In politics 
he was a Democrat, and his connection with 
the public affairs of this town lasted through a 
long period. He was elected to all the im- 
portant town offices, was a Representative to 
the legislature, and was serving as Town 
Treasurer at the time of his death. He 
was unusually successful as a farmer, and he 
acquired considerable property. He was a 
member of the Congregational church. His 
first marriage was with Mary J. Blake, a 
daughter of General James Blake, of Chiches- 
ter. She died in 1856, aged al)out thirty- 
eight years, leaving three chiklren — Edwarti, 
Sarah M., and Charles A. Edward married 
Jacintha M. Sanborn, of Chichester, and has 
one daughter, I'llizabeth M. Sarah M. is the 



wife of Elbridge G. W. Bartlett, of Yonkcrs, 
N.Y., and has no children. Charles A. 
Lanf^ninid's father wedded for his second wife 
Mrs. l-'.liza I.add Mead, widf)w of T. J. Mead, 
late of Concord, N.II. By this union there 
was one son, Albert, who is no lon<^er living. 
Charles A. Langmaid acquired his educa- 
tion in the schools of his native town. When 
a young man he began to assist in managing 
the homestead farm, thereiiy receiving a 
knowledge of agriculture that has since been 
very useful to him. lie now owns about two 
hundred and fifty acres of excellent land, of 
which the cultivated i)art is very fertile. He 
makes a sjiecialty of dairy farming, and deals 
quite extensively in milk. On November ,26, 
1879, he was united in marriage with Fallen 
A. .Sanborn, daughter of Jacob S. and I'Mvira 
R. L. Sanborn, of Chichester. Politically, 
Mr. Langmaid is a Democrat. He served as 
Town Clerk for four years, was Treasurer for 
three years, and in 1.S96 was elected a member 
of the Board of .Selectmen. Mr. and Mrs. 
Langmaid are connected with Chichester 
Grange, and are members of the Congrega- 
tional church. 

ISAAC H. LONG, a popnlar and pros- 
^ perous farmer of Claremont, was born 
here, March 27, 1S41, son of Charles F. 
and Caroline J. (Hubbard) Long. The grand- 
father, Simeon Long, the captain of a whaling- 
vessel, came to Claremont from New Bedford 
about the year 1810. His son, Charles F. , 
born in Nantucket in 1801, learned the 
printer's trade in New Bedford, but after- 
ward on account of failing health went to sea. 
For twenty-three years thereafter he served on 
a merchant vessel, rising in time to the rank 
of caiitain. In 1843 he returned to Clare- 
mont and took up farming. He was a Repub- 
lican in ]nditics, and he represented his town 

in the legislature for one year. He married 
Miss Caroline Jones Hubbard, who was born 
in 1803, daughter of Isaac Hubbard, a leading 
man of the town. George Hubbard, the ma- 
ternal great-grandfather of Isaac H. Long, was 
a Lieutenant in the Revolution, and came to 
Claremont among the early settlers when his 
son Isaac was eight years old. Isaac, the 
grandfather, died in Claremont in i86r, leav- 
ing four children; namely, Amos C, the 
Rev. Isaac G. Hubbard, Caroline, and Sarah. 
He was a prominent citizen, and held various 
public fjffices. Charles l-'. Long died in 1809 
at the age of si.xty-cight. His wife survived 
him inilil the year 1880. Their three chil- 
dren are: Charles H., Charlotte, and Isaac H. 
Charlotte lives with Isaac on the old Hubbard 
estate settled by their great-grandfather in 

Isaac H. Long attended the public schools 
and Kimball Union Academy at Meridcn, 
N.II. When his school-days were over, he 
spent two years in the employ of the Old Col- 
ony Railroad Company. Upon his return to 
Claremont he took np his residence on the old 
homestead, where he still lives, cultivating a 
part of the original farm of four hundred 
acres, and generally improving the estate. 
Mr. Long has been much in public life. In 
1878 he became Selectman, and held that 
office for twelve years successively, being 
Chairman of the Board for most of the time. 
He has been a Justice of the Peace for some 
time and County Commissioner since 1891. 
While he is a strong Republican, he is a 
favorite with both parties; and he is popnlar 
among the townspeople. He has acted as 
guardian, administrator, and e.xecutor in set- 
tling many estates. Courteous and kind to 
all, with always the same genial manners, he 
made a model Selectman. He is a straight- 
forward and a wise counsellor and a man of 



pronounced integrity. He married Louisa M. 
Delano, daughter of Henry F. Delano, of 
Cambridge, Mass. She died April i, 1895. 
Mr. Long is a member and a regular attendant 
of the Episcopal church. 

'rank J. FRENCH, who owns a dairy- 
farm in Northfield, and supplies a large 
milk route, was born in Gilmanton, 
N. H., March 30, 1855, son of Sylvester F. 
and Mercy E. (Hayes) French. The father, a 
native of Gilmanton, in early life was a shoe- 
maker, and resided in Dover, Rochester, and 
Haverhill, Mass., for some years. He finally 
returned to Gilmanton, and is now occupying 
a farm on Shepard's Hill. His wife, Mercy, 
who was born in Strafford, N.H., has had 
three children — P^rank J., Jeremiah S., and 
Eliza O. Jeremiah S. married Ida Locke, 
and is a carpenter in Gilmanton. Eliza O. 
married William Hartford. Neither is now 

Frank J. French received his education in 
the Dover grammar school. Four years later 
he went to Concord, where he was employed 
in the Eagle Hotel for a year. The succeed- 
ing two years were spent at his father's farm 
in Gilmanton. Afterward for several years 
he was an overseer at the New Hampshire 
State Prison. In November, 1881, he pur- 
chased his present farm in Northfield. On 
this property, which contains one hundred and 
twenty-five acres of land and is especially well 
adapted for dairy purposes, he keeps fifteen 
milch cows, devoting his attention chiefly to 
the milk business, and supplying a large num- 
ber of regular customers in Tilton. 

On January 5, 1879, Mr. F"rerich was 
united in marriage with Nettie Munscy. She 
was b(jrn in Gilford, N.II., August 16, 1860, 
daughter of the Rev. John G. and Olive 

(Mooney) Munsey, of Laconia. Mr. Munsey 
has retired from the ministry. Mr. and Mrs. 
French have one son — Harold M., who was 
born December 31, 1884, and is now attending 
school in Laconia. Well-advanced in Ma- 
sonry, Mr. French is a member of Doric 
Lodge, No. 78, of Tilton, St. Omer Chapter, 
Royal Arch Masons, of Franklin, and Mount 
Horeb Commandery, Knights Templar, of 
Concord. He is also connected with Belknap 
Lodge, No. 18, Ancient Order of United 
Workmen, of Tilton. Both he and Mrs. 
French are members of the Free Will Baptist 


ANIEL YEATON, one of the lead- 
ing farmers of Epsom and the 
Chairman of the Board of Select- 
men, was born in this town, January 6, 1839, 
son of John Veaton (third) and Sarah (Bick- 
ford) Yeaton. Flis ancestors for several gen- 
erations were prosperous tillers of the soil in 
this State; and his great-grandfather, John 
Yeaton (first), was a pioneer settler in Epsom. 
John Yeaton (second), grandfather of Daniel, 
a native and lifelong resident of this town, was 
one of the successful farmers of his day, and 
owned considerable property. In politics he 
supported the Democratic party, and he was a 
member of the Congregational church. He 
was about eighty-one years old when he died. 
The first of his three marriages was contracted 
with Rebecca Bickford, who died when about 
twenty-five years old, leaving two sons, of 
whom John (third) was the eldest. The sec- 
ond marriage was made with Betsy Towlc, 
who bore him three children, none of whom 
are living. The third wife was the widow of 
William Yeaton, who had no children. 

John Yeaton (third), born in l{i)som, No- 
vember 29, 1804, was reared to agricultural 
pursuits, which he followed energetically and 





successfully iluriiit; the active period of his 
life. He died at the age of seventy-six years, 
leaviiifi; a good estate. A ]ironiinent and in- 
fluential man in the cuinniunity, he took an 
active part in securing the election of capable 
town officers. At first he acted with the Free 
Soil party, and then became a Republican. 
lie was a member of the I'ree Will baptist 
church. His first wife, .Sarah Bickford Yea- 
ton, whom he married December 25, 1828, was 
a daughter of Samuel Bickford, of ICpsom. 
She (lied at the age of forty-nine years, leav- 
ing si.\ children — William, James, Daniel, 
Sarah Iv, Vienna K., and Betsey A. William 
married Caroline B. Trijjp, of Epsom, who 
bore him two children: Ina, now deceased; 
and Alma. He enlisted in the Eighth New 
IIam]ishire Regiment, and died in the Civil 
War. James Yeaton wedded Martha Randall, 
of Deerfield, N. IT., for his first wife, who bore 
him I-ldwin R. His second wife, in maiden- 
hood Annie R. Crockett, of Concord, N. H., 
had three children — John C, Helen E. P., 
and George H. Sarah, now deceased, mar- 
ried James L. Bartlett, and had four daughters 
— Susan N. , Sarah A., Lizzie E., and Nettie 
M. Vienna K. is now the widow of Elbridge 
Batchcldcr, late of Epsom, and has two chil- 
dren — George E. and Edith G. Betsey A. 
married for her first husband Thomas B. 
Robinson, of Iqjsom, by whom she had two 
children — Burt and Jennie. She is now the 
wife of John Brown, of Northwood, N. H. 
For his second wife John Yeaton (third) mar- 
ried I\Irs. Caroline Cilly, the widow of Samuel 
Cilly, late of Lowell, Mass., and a sister of 
his first wife. The chiUlrcn by his second 
imion were: Stella R., who is no longer liv- 
ing ; and Fred W. 

Daniel Yeaton attended the school in his 
native town, and at an early age began to 
assist on the farm. He has always resided at 

the homestead, an<l has given his attention to 
genera! farming. As a practical and success- 
ful agriculturist he ranks among the foremost 
in Epsom. He owns other valuable real estate 
in this town in addition to the home property. 
On May 8, 1872, he was united in marriage 
with Annie B. Rowel). She is a daughter of 
Asa and Abigail S. (Moulton) Rowell, late of 
Chichester, N. H., who were prosperous farm- 
ing people. Her father lived to be sixty-nine 
years old, and her mother attained the age of 
fifty-five. Of their four children three arc 
living, Mrs. Yeaton being the eldest. Mr. 
and Mrs. Yeaton have three children: Alfred 
D., born March 5, 1874; Minot R., born July 
25, 1878; and Alice B., born July 24, 188.3. 
Mr. Yeaton is one of the active members 
of the Republican party in this section. For 
two years he has served as Town Treasurer, 
and he was elected to the Board of Selectmen 
in 1895. Pie displays an ability in public 
affairs that commends him to the voters irre- 
spective of party, and he is highly esteemed as 
a worthy and useful citizen. Both he and 
Mrs. Yeaton are members of the Free Will 
Baptist church. 

(J||'SAAC N. ABBOTT, a prominent farmer 
^ I and dairyman of Concord, was born on 
eJJL Dimond Hill, January 4, 1835, son of 
Joseph S. and Esther (Farnum) Abbott. His 
grandfather, Samuel Abbott, one of the early 
settlers, locating near Long Pond, was a 
farmer, and passed all his life here, witness- 
ing during eighty years many and great 
changes. A mere hamlet when he came, he 
lived to see Concord a prosperous and progres- 
sive town and to note the promise of its 
present largely developed industries. The 
Merrimac was then a pure mountain stream 
unspanned by bridges; and, instead of the un- 
ceasing hum of the great factories that now 



line its bank, was heard only the swish of 
waters or the occasional plash of a plunging of 
otter. Samuel Abbott married Mary Story, 
and she became the mother of three boys and 
three girls, all of whom grew to maturity. 
Joseph S. was his eldest son. When only 
fourteen years of age Joseph ran away from 
home, and went to West Concord, where he 
remained until he reached his majority. He 
learned carpentry, and became one of the 
smartest tradesmen of Concord. He built the 
station of the Concord Railroad that was 
burned some years ago, and also the machine 
shop, which is still in use. In 1S27 he came 
to Dimond Hill, and there spent the latter 
part of his life, dying at the age of seventy- 
eight years. He married Esther Farnum, of 
West Concord, and became the father of two 
children: Almira F. , now deceased; and 
Isaac N. Abbott. 

Isaac N. Abbott was educated in the dis- 
trict schools and Hopkinton and New London 
Academies. After leaving school he success- 
fully taught for four years in Hopkinton and 
Concord. Since then he has been a farmer, 
and has done quite an extensive business. In 
1882 he built a fine barn, and ten years later 
he erected a substantial and well -finished resi- 
dence. He has about thirty acres under culti- 
vation, and besides carrying on general farm- 
ing he docs a large milk business. He mar- 
ried Martha .Smith, daughter of Aaron Smith 
and Eliza Ann (Sherburne) Smith, of Ports- 
mouth, and has three children — Almira F., 
Joseph N., and Helen S. Almira is now the 
wife of Alfred Clark, a Road Commissioner, 
and has two daughters — Esther F. and 

In politics Mr. Abbott is a Republican, and 
his first Presidential vote was cast for Joiin C. 
Fremont in 1856. He takes a warm interest 
in all jiublic affairs, and has held nuniermis 

public offices of trust and responsibility. He 
was in the Common Council in 1864 and 1865, 
and was its President for one year. In 1875 
he was Alderman, and in 1887 he represented 
the town in the legislature. He has been on 
the School Board for fourteen years, and he 
was school district clerk for forty years, 
probably holding that office longer than any 
other man in the State. 

^AMES LUTHER JENNA, a successful 
farmer and esteemed resident of Lang- 
don, is a native of Worcester, Mass. 
He was born April 20, 1861, son of George 
W. and Mary (Harriman) Jenna. James 
Jenna, father of George W. , born in the town 
of Grantham, Sullivan County, followed the 
occupation of farmer. He married Hannah 
Cram, who bore him three children — George 
W., Julia, and Luther. Julia died at the age 
of twenty, and Luther died in childhood. 

George W. Jenna, who was born in Pomfret, 
Vt., I'ebruary 2, 1833, and spent the greater 
part of his life in W'ashington County, Ver- 
mont, was a carpenter and a farmer. In Au- 
gust, 1864, he enlisted in Company G, Sixth 
Vermont Regiment, and served in the Civil 
War until July, 1865, participating in the 
battle of Cedar Creek and a number of other 
engagements. He was an attend;inl of the 
Congregational church. His wife, Mary 
Harriman Jenna, was jjorn in Ciuirlotte, Vt., 
November 30, 1833, and is still living. She 
bore her husband nine children; namely, 
George B., James L., Carl W., Martha V., 
William R., Martin I., Horace V., Mary M., 
and Myrtie L. George B. , a farmer, is mar- 
ried, lives in Langdon, and has one child. 
Carl W., a plumber in Leominster, Mass., is 
married and has one child. Martha V. is the 
wife of James E. Pierce, a railioad man living 



in I'itchburg, Mass., and has two cliildron. 
William K., a farmer of Langclon, is married 
and lias two children. Martin I., a plumber 
in l'"itchburg, Mass., is unmarried. Horace 
v., unmarried, is engaged in farming in Lang- 
don. Mary M. is the wife of George Will- 
iams, a farmer of Langdon, and has no chil- 
dren. And Myrtie L., the wife of Milton 
Dodge, a farmer of y\cworth, X. II., has no 

James Luther Jenna received his education 
in Duxbury, Vt., after which he worked out 
on farms for six years. Since then he has 
successfully conducted a farm of his own. 
He came to Langdon eight years ago. In 
September, i88g, Mr. Jenna married Mrs. 
Viona L. Chase, widow of March Chase, who 
was a wealthy farmer and an influential resi- 
dent of Langdon. She is a daughter of Moses 
Knight, of Langdon, and was born in Chester, 
Vt., July 4, 1858. She had a twin sister 
named Viola A. Knight. Mr. and Mrs. Jenna 
are the ]xuents of three children, namely: 
Irving L., born June 16, 1890; Mildred A., 
born October 23, 1891; and Burton L., born 
October 17, 1894. 

rr;)ll ON. JAMJ-:S B. TENNANT, one of 
the most prominent business men of 
lipsoni and an ex-member of the 
New Hampshire Senate, was born in Deer- 
field, N. H., May 26, 1847, son of Arthur and 
Ruth O. (Sanborn) Tennant. He comes of 
English stock. His great-grandfather was an 
early settler in Portsmouth, N. H. Thomas 
Tennant, the grandfather, who was born in 
Haverhill, N. H., April 10, 1771, owned and 
cultivated farms in Wentworth and Hampton, 
N. II., during the active period of his life. 
His last days were passed in Wentworth, and 
he was about eighty years old when he ilied. 

He married Sarah G(jodvvin, who, born in 
Wentworth, March 12, 1777, died at the age 
of seventy-six. He and his wife reared seven 
children, of whom Arthur, James B. Tcn- 
nant's father, was the third-born. Of these 
the only survivor is William, who married 
Harriet Libby, of Rumney, N. H., and has 
three children — -Ira, Helen, and Lula. 

Arthur Tennant was born in Wentworth, 
September 18, 18 12. When a very young 
man he learned the cooper's trade, which he 
afterward followed in connection with farming. 
At first he settled in Pembroke. Later he 
moved to lipsom and then to Decrfield, where 
he continued to till the soil for several years. 
He was largely interested in the live-stock 
business, and was also engaged in lumbering 
to some extent. He was a man of considerable 
prominence in public affairs, having served as 
a Selectman and in other town offices; and he 
was one of the first supporters of the Republi- 
can party in this State. His death, which 
occurred in Pembroke, April 9, 1S80, caused 
general regret, as he was highly esteemed as 
an able and upright business man. His re- 
mains were interred in Deerfield. Arthur 
Tennant first married Ruth O. Sanborn, 
daughter of John Sanborn, a pioneer settler of 
Deerfield. Of the ten children born to this 
luiion, two are living — Emma O. and James 
B. Emma O. is the widow of Charles B. 
Fowler, late of Pembroke; and her son, Alvah* 
T. Fowler, is now a student at Dartmouth Col- 
lege. For his second wife Arthur Tennant 
married Lizzie P'ellows, of Deerfield, who had 
no children. Both he and his first wife were 
members of the Free Will Baptist church. 

James B. Tennant acquired his early educa- 
tion in the common schools of Deerfield. 
Subsequently he was a pupil of the Pembroke 
Academy and the New Hamjjton Institute, 
duly graduating from the latter school. In 



1869 he established himself in general mer- 
cantile business in Epsom, and now conducts 
a well-stocked country store. He is also ex- 
tensively engaged in the lumber business as 
a member of the firms of Tripp & Tennant & 
Tripp and Fellows & Tennant. One of the 
firms controls large tracts of timber land in 
New Hampshire and Vermont, and also owns 
and operates saw-mills in various places for the 
manufacture of lumber. Another enterprise 
of Mr. Tennant's is brick-making, which he 
carries on in Tcmbroke. He is a director of 
several insurance companies and of the .Sun- 
cook Valley Railroad. He has been station 
agent at Short Falls since 1S69, and is now 
one of tlie oldest station agents on the Concord 
& Montreal Railway. From 1870 to 1889 he 
was Postmaster at Short Falls. This position 
he resigned when elected to the State Senate, 
and Mrs. Tennant has since held that ap- 
pointment. In politics Mr. Tennant is a Re- 
publican. From 1882 to 1888 he was one of 
the Commissioners of Merrimack County. He 
was elected a State Senator in 1889, and was a 
member of the House of Representatives for 
the years 1891 and 1893, taking part in the 
last annual and the first biennial session of the 
legislature. He has never sought for a town 
office ; but after the death of the Town Treas- 
urer, who was elected to serve the present 
year, he was jiersuaded to take charge of the 
town's finances for the unexpired term. 

On February 10, 1873, Mr. Tennant was 
united in marriage with ]"'.lla M. I'owler. 
.She is a daughter of .Samuel and IClvira N. 
(Critchett) I-'owler, of I<>psom, who had six 
children, of whom there are living — James 
W., Horace, and Josie M. Mr. and Mrs. 
Tennant have no children. Mr. Tennant is a 
Mason of the thirty-second degree. He has 
occupied all the important chairs in Fvergreen 
Lodge, I. O. O. 1'"., Epsom, and was its Sec- 

retary for several years; and he is a member 
of the local grange of the Patrons of Hus- 
bandry. In the course of his life he has vis- 
ited nearly every State in the Union, includ- 
ing the extreme southern part and the Pacific 
slope, thereby greatly enhancing his knowl- 
edge of the wealth and business possibilities 
of the country. 


veteran agriculturist of Hopkinton, 
and one of its most honored and 
respected citizens, was born January 13, 18 iS, 
in Haverhill, Mass., a son of Moses and Mary 
(George) Copps. It is said that this branch 
of the family originated with a little boy who 
was found wandering around the streets of 
Boston, finely dressed in velvet clothes, and 
who, it is supposed, was put ashore from an 
Iinglish vessel in the harbor. He could give 
no name, but was adopted by a man named 
Copp, from whom Copp's Hill, at the North 
End in Boston, was named. John Copp, a 
descendant of this little waif, was a lifelong 
farmer of Plaistow, N.H., where he married a 
Miss Sarah Pollard. 

Moses Copps was a shoe manufacturer in 
Haverhill, Mass., for some years. In 1820 
he removed to New Hampshire, living first 
for a year in Dunbarton, and then coming to 
Hopkinton, where, with the exception of one 
year spent in Weare, he was engaged in farm- 
ing on land lying just south of the present 
home of Colonel Copps. In 1842 he and the 
Colonel bought the [ncsent homestead prop- 
erty, which then had many of the buildings 
now standing. The house, erected about 
eighty years ago by the Silver family, was 
made from brick manufactured on the farm by 
the Silvers, and is now the only brick resi- 
dence in Hopkinton. Moses Copps afterward 
lived retired on this farm until his demise in 

l!in(;k.\i'iiic \l, ki:\ii;\\' 


1863, at the advanced age of eighty-five years. 
He had a large family of children, namely: 
ICmeline, who married Daniel Hailey, and re- 
moved to Augusta, Me. ; Sarah Jane, who be- 
came the wife of Ignatius VV. Fellows, a 
jeweller, of llopkinton ; Abigail M., who 
married John Clement, of West Amesbury, 
now Merrimac, Mass., and has a son, Jacob 
i\Udvin Clement, the manager of Colonel 
Copps's farm for tlie past two years; Mary, 
who married Jonathan I?. iMiicrson, of this 
tiiwn, and died in Washington, N.ll.; f'.liza- 
beth, wild married Henry 1). White, of Pena- 
cook, and died in Concord, N.H.: Rufus P., 
the subject of this sketch; Harriet, who is the 
wife of Jonatlian Severance, of Washington, 
N.H.; Florantha, who died in childhood; 
Kllen M., who died soon after her marriage 
with the Rev. Mr. Smith, a Baptist minister; 
and Myra Frances, who is the wife of George 
VV. Pierce, and resides in Henniker. The 
mother survived her husband about ten years, 
dying at the age of eighty-three. 

Rufus P. Copps was reared antl educated in 
llopkinton, having been but three years old 
when his parents came here. After attaining 
his majority, he spent some time in Ames- 
bury, Mass., and then went, after a short visit 
with his parents, to Bethlehem, N.Y., where 
he taught school one entire year and for two 
or three winter terms after he had liegun farm- 
ing. In 1841 he returned to the parental 
roof, and soon bought his present estate in 
company with his father. l''or ten years 
thereafter he spent his winters as heretofore, 
teaching in near-by schools, often receiving 
but fifty cents a day for his services, and 
boarding at liome. I^ater, when the crops 
had all been harvested, be worked winters at 
bottoming shoes as long as the business con- 
tinued profitable; and, being at home, he took 
care of the cattle, and performed the neces- 

sary farm chores at the same time. It was his 
jiractice to buy stock ready cut from the large 
manufacturers of leather, and sell the shoes 
together at .so much a pair, the price usually 
averaging eight or nine dollars for a set of 
sixty pairs. He has also been engaged to 
some extent in lumbering, and of late years 
he has made a specialty ot dairying. At the 
age of eighteen he joined the Rifle Militia 
Company, in which he served first as Orderly 
Sergeant. Afterward he became successively 
Adjutant of the regiment, Major, Lieutenant 
Colonel, and finally Colonel of the I'ortieth 
New Hampshire Regiment, which command 
he belli for two years. The I-'orticth was com- 
posed of some of the brightest and bravest 
men of the towns of llopkinton, Henniker, 
and Warner. 

Colonel R. P. Copps has always been a 
Democrat in [lolitics and an earnest sup- 
porter of his party. He has been a subscriber 
of the Piitriot since it was established, having 
prior to that time taken Iliirs Patriot, the 
leading organ of the Democratic party. For 
three successive years from 1858 he was Se- 
lectman of his town; and in 1861 he was a 
Representative to the General Court, where 
though he was not a public speaker he did 
efficient work on different committees. He has 
likewise served for some years as Justice of 
tiic Peace. 

On September 14, 1843, Colonel Copps 
married Miss Melissa Flanders, who was 
born in Bradford, N.H., daughter of Nathaniel 
and Betsey (Wright) F' landers. She died 
September 15, 1S94, aged seventy-three years, 
leaving no children. Although Colonel and 
Mrs. Copps were not parents, they nearly 
iilways had some child in their household to 
whom they gave the same care and advantages 
they would to an own son. One of these was 
! James M. Putnam, who lived with them from 



the age of fourteen till he was twenty-one, 
and is now receiving one thousand dollars a 
year as manager of a farm in Andover, Mass. 
Another was John Brown, who lived in the 
household from the age of sixteen to twenty, 
and who is now in Michigan. Arthur M. 
Dustin, a blacksmith of Contoocook, who 
went to live at the Colonel's when he was a 
little fellow of nine years, still remains with 
him, and now owns the homestead. He has 
likewise had several other boys in his family, 
to each of whom he gave a good home,- and 
otherwise sedulously cared for. 

of I'lainfield's most extensive 
farmers and an ex-member of the 
New flampshire legislature, was born in this 
town, February 20, 1S48, son of Benjamin L. 
and I'ersis C. (Freeman) Fuller. His grand- 
father, Benjamin Fuller, who was a native of 
Connecticut, moved with his family to Plain- 
field early in the present century. Grand- 
father Benjamin married Rachel Boyd, who 
was also born in Connecticut. Their children 
were: Naomi, Esther, James, and Benjamin 
L. Naomi died at the age of twenty years; 
Esther married Cranston Lewin, a native of 
Connecticut, who followed farming and 
butchering in this town, and she reared a fam- 
ily; James was blind from the age of fourteen 
until his death, which occurred when he was 
sixty-one years old. 

Benjamin L. P'ullcr, father of Benjamin II., 
was born in Connecticut in June, 1802. He 
was educated in the schools of Plainfield and 
Lebanon, N.IL; and he assisted his father 
upon the farm until he became its owner by 
purchase. He was quite extensively engaged 
in raising cattle for the home market and for 
the Brighton market in Massachusetts. He 

also raised sheep and horses. A man of 
unusual energy and industry, and giving his 
entire time to his business, he accumulated 
considerable wealth. His death, which oc- 
curred in 1878, was mourned as the loss of an 
honorable, upright man and a useful citizen. 
Absorbed in his business affairs, he took no 
part in politics. He attended the Baptist 
church. A member of the Masonic Lodge at 
Cornish P"lat, he was buried with the rites of 
that fraternity. His wife, Persis, who was 
born in Cornish, N.H., in 1805, had seven 
children, namely: Sarah, born March 2, 1831; 
Ann, who died when eight months old; 
Maria, born November 9, 1833; Alfred, born 
April 15, 1837, who died in infancy; Laura, 
born April 22, 1S39; Julia, born April 8, 
1842; and Benjamin H., the subject of this 
sketch. Sarah married Augustus Hodgeman, 
of Vermont, a prosperous farmer, and had 
four sons; Maria became the wife of William 
Ward, a farmer of Plainfield, and had six chil- 
dren, four of whom are living; Laura died in 
1861 ; and Julia married Albert Gilson, an 
industrious farmer of Hartland, Vt., and had 
eight children, of whom five are living. Mrs. 
Benjamin L. P"uller died in 1884. 

After completing his education at the Kim- 
ball Union Academy, Benjamin Henry P^uIIcr 
immediately began to assist in carrying on the 
farm. Since the deatli of his father he has 
managed the jiroperty. As the result nf his 
early training and practical experience his 
farming has been most jirofitable. The estate, 
containing nearly three hundred acres of land, 
is one of the few farms along the banks of the 
Connecticut River that has not been purchased 
for summer residences by wealthy men from 
New York or Boston. The buildings are 
among the finest in this section; and the 
house, which is built upon high ground over- 
looking the village of Hartland, Vt., com- 



niaiids a view ol the adjacent niduntains and 

( )n I'ehruary 23, 1R69, Mr. ]'"iiller was 
uniled ill marriage with Julia K. I'^-^glcstonc, 
born May 4, 1848, daughter ol Lorenzo liggle- 
stone, of 15oston. Aden Lcroy Fuller, the 
only child of this union, was born November 
14, 1S71. After finishing his education at 
White River Junction, Vt., he entered the 
service of the l'"itchburg Railroad Comi^any as 
a fireman. He is now a locomotive engineer in 
the yard of that company in Uoston. He is 
widely known among railroad men, and is a 
member of the Masonic fi'aternity. He mar- 
ried ]5crtha 1 lairington, of Groton, Mass., 
daughter of Albert Harrington, of that town. 
Mr. and Mrs. Aden L. Fuller attend the bap- 
tist church. Mr. Benjamin H. Fuller is a 
Democrat in politics. He was a member of 
the Board of Selectmen for three years, and 
for two years of that time he was its Chairman. 
He represented this town in the legislature in 
1 89 1, serving therein upon the Committee on 
Fducation. One of the most active and influ- 
ential leaders in local affairs, he has the es- 
teem and confidence of his fellow-townsmen. 

iCORGE W. RICE, one of Henniker's 
S I most able and prosperous farmers, 
was born in this town, January 17, 
1825, son of Jacob and Louisa (Howe) Rice. 
His grandfather, Elijah Rice, a Revolutionary 
patriot, was an early settler in Henniker. An 
account of his jwrents and of the ancestry of 
I'llijah Rice will be found in the biography of 
Harrison A. Rice, which appears elsewhere in 
this work. George W. Rice passed his youth 
in attending school and working upon the farm. 
He was still young when his parents moved to 
the property now owned and occupied by his 
brother, Harrison A. Rice. At the age of 

twenty-one he went to Manchester, N. IL, 
where he worked at butchering for two years. 
Ujion his return to Henniker he bought a 
small farm, which is now the home of \V. 15. 
Barnes. A .short time later he entered the 
meat business, selling at wholesale ui the 
Manchester market and conducting a retail 
business in this t(jwn. While carrying on the 
butcher business for nine years, he gradually 
got a f(K)thold in lumbering. At length he 
sold his farm and business to W. B. Barnes, 
and thereafter, for nearly forty year.s, gave his 
whole time to that industry. ]}esides cutting 
and hauling the timber, he operated a saw-mill 
at Hillsborough Bridge for several years; and 
he retired from that business some three years 
ago. I'larlier in his life he purchased a farm 
on the outskirts of the village, and resided 
upon it until 1S74. Then he again took up his 
residence in the village, but continued engaged 
in agriculture. He still gives his personal 
attention to his property. In all he owns 
seven hundred acres, which include his farm of 
one hundred and fifteen acres, two other tracts, 
and some timber land. Several tenements at 
Hillsborough Ikidge are also his property. 
For several years he was engaged in furnishing 
railroad ties, piles, etc. ; and he dealt in cattle, 
which he sold in Manchester, Nashua, and 

On June 6, 1848, Mr. Rice was united in 
marriage with Abbie Colby, daughter of Levi 
and Betsey Colb)', of Henniker. She died 
July 4, 1893, leaving four children. These 
were: Susan I.., who married George C. Bunt- 
ing, of Manchester; Nellie A., who is the 
widow of Walter I'restin, and resides in this 
town; James G., who is now engaged in farm- 
ing in Hopkinton, N. H. ; and Edwin, who 
resides at home. In politics Mr. Rice is a 
Republican. I"or many years he was a promi- 
nent party leader. Upon many occasions he 



saved the part)' from defeat by his own per- 
sonal exertions. When Representative to the 
legislature in iS68 and 1869, he rendered able 
services to his constituents and the community 
in general. A self-made man, he has shown 
that energy and ability properly applied will 
overcome the most adverse circumstances. He 
fully merits the high esteem in which he is 
held by his fellow-townsmen. 


URTI.S W. BENNETT, one of the 
■ rr busy farmers and prominent residents 
^ >r ^ of Pittsfield, was born in Epsom, 
N. U., January i, 1832. His parents were 
Jeremiah and ]3etsey (Marden) Bennett, na- 
tives respectively of New Hampton and 
EiJsom. Daniel Bennett, grandfather of 
Curtis W. , was a lifelong resident of New 
Hampton. He owned a good farm, and was 
occupied in its cultivation until his death, 
which occurred when he was fifty years old. 
Politically, he supported the Democratic party; 
and in his religious views he was a Tree Will 
Baptist. He and his wife reared a family of 
six children. 

Jeremiah Bennett attended school in his 
native town. After finishing his studies, he 
served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's 
trade. He settled in Flpsom, where he fol- 
lowed his trade for many years, and was also 
engaged in farming. In politics he was a 
Democrat. His wife, Betsey, became the 
mother of five children, of whom Curtis W. , 
the subject of this sketch, is the only one 
living. Jeremiah liennctt was seventy-eight 
years old at his death, and his wife lived to 
be seventy-six. They attended the Free Will 
Baptist church. 

Curtis W. Bennett was educated in Epsom. 
He then learned the shoemaker's trade, and 
afterward followed it in his native town for 

several years, together with farming. In 1863 
he moved to Pittsfield, and has since devoted 
his time exclusively to agricultural pursuits. 
He owns seventy acres of desirable land, thirty 
acres of which is under tillage and is very 
fertile. On July 9, 1863, Mr. Bennett 
wedded Mrs. Caroline Berry, widow of John 
Berry, late of Pittsfield. By her first union 
Mrs. Bennett has two daughters — Georgia and 
May A. Georgia is the wife of the Rev. 
R. S. Mitchell, of Stoneham, Mass., and has 
one son — Guy. May A. is now Mrs. ]?enja- 
min Lane, of Lynn, Mass., and has one son 
— Roy. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have four 
children; namely Alice E., John C, Charles 
W. , and Frank E. 

As a supporter of the Democratic party Mr. 
Bennett is Cjuite active in local public affairs, 
and he has served upon the Board of Select- 
men and in the office of Road Surveyor. He 
is a Methodist in his religious views, and Mrs. 
Bennett is a Calvinist Baptist. His son, 
John C. Bennett, is a member of Catamount 
Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, of Pittsfield. 

/3)eORGE W. S. DOW, an enterpris- 
\ pT ing box manufacturer of Henniker 
and the Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen, was born in this town, March 9, 
1 84 1, son of Jonathan anil Anna P. (Peaslee) 
Dow. Jonathan Dow, Sr. , who was a son of 
David Dow, of Weare, N. H., settled in Hen- 
niker at the beginning of the present century. 
On December 23, 1807, he married Sally 
Plummer, a native of this town. Jonathan 
Dow, Jr., the father of George W. S. , born in 
Henniker, December 5, 18 14, became a pros- 
perous farmer and a successful lumbeinian, 
and resided here until his death, which oc- 
curred I'ebru iry 5, 1873. His wife Anna, 
whom he married September 29, 1836, was a 

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native nf Wcnic, 1 1 illsbdroiigh County. She 
became tlie niother of five children, namely: 
y\nn Maria, who married John Ciarland ; 
George W. S. , the subject of this sketch; 
Jackson V. ; Jolm V. ; and Mary K. 

George W. S. Dow resided at home and as- 
sisted ui)nn the farm until he was twenty-one 
years oUl. lie then began work by the day 
fill' lliiam JJavis, with whom he remained one 
year. He ne.xt entered the employ of Horace 
Gibson, a mackerel kit manufacturer, and some 
years later became a partner in the business. 
In 1890, after the death of his partner, he 
bought of John Gutterson a bo.\-mill located 
near the kit factor), and has since been en- 
gaged in manufacturing shoe cases. The mill 
privilege he owns was first utilized as far back 
as 1766, when Silas Barnes began the con- 
struction of a dam, and completed it in 1773. 
In 1774 a saw-mill was erected here by 
Harnes, who later s(5ld it to Captain Timothy 
Gibson. The latter built a permanent dam, 
put in stones, and ran a saw and grist mill, 
with Mben Howe as the first miller. Since 
Timothy Gibson's time the mills have been 
ownetl by Daniel Kimball, William M. Davis, 
Lieutenant Joel Howe, Captain James Yauld- 
ing, Micah Howe, Oliver Jacobs, Adams & 
Silver, Joseph P. Dow, and John Gutterson. 
About 1.S20 Timothy Sprague erecteil a 
carding-mill close by Mr. Dow's lower mill, 
so that the same niillrace served for both. 
Sprague sold it to Morrison & Woods, from 
whom it passed in tiun to Luther Hathorn, 
S. Little, -Silas ]5arncs, Sylvanus Sumner, 
Jacob Lancaster, Jt)hn Niel, and Hiram M. 
Davis. Davis converted it into a powder keg 
manufactory in 1852, and some years later sold 
it to Horace Gibson. Here, in company with 
Gibson and William Abbott, Mr. Dow, its 
present owner, manufacturetl large c(uantities 
of mackerel kits. Mr. Dow makes shoe bo.xes. 

which he ships by the carload to various fac- 
tories. He uses annually from one hundred 
thousand to one hundred and eighty thou.sand 
feet of lumber, which he cuts and .saws him- 
self. He also saws building material, all the 
pieces of which are marked and numbered and 
ready to put together. In politics he is a 
Democrat. He was a Representative to the 
legislature in 1880 and 1881, during which 
time he served upon the Committee on the 
Normal School. He is a prominent figure in 
the district, county, and State conventions, is 
Chairman of the Town Committee, and has 
been a Selectman for the past nine years, 
being at the ])resent time the Chairman of 
the Board. That his public .services are duly 
appreciated is indicated by the fact that Hen- 
niker contains a Republican majority of from 
twenty-five to seventy-five votes. 

On November 9, 1862, Mr. Dow was 
united in marriage with Mary L. Hoyt, daugh- 
ter of Nathan Hoyt, a cooper by trade. She 
is a native of Bradford, N. II., but has resided 
in this town for the greater part of her life. 
Mr. and Mrs. Dow are the parents of seven 
children; namely, George II. , William K., 
Charles H., Orrin H., Fred D., Blanche M., 
and Percy D. Mr. Dow has filled all of 
the principal chairs in Crescent Lodge, 
I. O. O. v., and has been a member of the 
Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. Mrs. Dow 
is a member of the Lodge of the Daughters of 


died on November 15, 1888, was a 
valued citizen of Newport, Sullivan 
County. He was born in the neighboring town 
of Croydon, November 28, 1825, a son of 
P'rancis and Keziah (Hudson) Cutting. His 
grandfather, Benjamin Cutting, who enlisted 
in the Continental army when a young man. 



was one of the first settlers of Croydon. 
Francis Cutting, son of Benjamin, was born in 
Croydon, and there spent his life of seventy- 
eight years. He owned about five hundred 
acres of land, and was extensively engaged in 
farming and stock-raising. His first wife, 
Keziah Hudson, a native of Goshen, N.H., 
died at the age of seventy-si.x ; and he subse- 
quently married Miss Mary Rollins. By the 
first wife he had nine children, by the second 
two; and of the whole family seven are now 

Francis Morrill Cutting grew up on a farm, 
acquiring his education in the schools of his 
native town. After reaching man's estate, he 
engaged in farming and cattle-raising, pur- 
chasing land in the western part of Newport. 
A wise manager, square in his dealings, and a 
good practical farmer, he had a valuable prop- 
erty, comprising some five hundred acres, his 
farm in Newport alone covering one hundred 
acres. In politics Mr. Cutting was a Demo- 
crat, in religious belief a Methodist. He was 
a man of sterling character, conscientious and 
honest, and was respected by all who knew 

Mr. Cutting was married July 25, 1855, to 
Hannah A., daughter of Dimmick and Hannah 
(Colby) Baker. She was born in Meriden, 
N. H., October 4, 1832. Mrs. Cutting is a 
member of an old New England family. Her 
ancestors came from England. Joseph Baker 
was born April 13, 1678, and lived to a ripe 
old age. He married Hannah Tomroy, July 
8, 1702. She died, leaving two children ; and 
he married Abigail Bissell, who bore him 
nine children. The Hon. Dr. Oliver Baker, 
a son of Joseph Baker by liis second wife, 
was Mrs. Cutting's grandfather. He was 
born in Tolland, Conn., and was one of the 
early settlers of Meriden, N. II. He died 


181 I. His brother served in the 

Revolutionary War, and was taken jirisoner by 
the British and nearly starved, having nothing 
but raw frozen turnips to eat while confined in 
an old church in New York. He offered his 
silver watch for another turnip, but was re- 
fused. When he was released, Oliver carried 
him home, some of the way on his back. He 
afterward died of small-po.x. 

Dr. Oliver Baker married, November 23, 
17S0, Dorcas Dimmick, who died October 19, 
1849. They were the parents of ten children. 
Dimmick Baker was born in 'Meriden, March 
18, 1793- A shrewd business man, a good 
farmer, a successful stock dealer, and a pros- 
perous merchant, he amassed a large estate for 
those days. He died at the age of eighty- 
three. His wife, Hannah Colby, was born 
February 7, 1794, and died March 17, 1856. 
They were the parents of five children — Elias, 
Edward, Hannah, Helen F. , and Cyrus E. 
Three of these are living: Mrs. Hannah A. 
Cutting, of Newport, N. H. ; Dr. Cyrus E. 
Baker, of Claremont, N. H. ; and Mrs. Helen 
F". Cutting, of Newport, N. H. The Baker 
homestead, a grand old place, located near 
Kimball Union Academy, where all the chil- 
dren received a liberal education, all becom- 
ing teachers, is now owned by the fifth gen- 
eration. Dimmick Baker was a Republican. 
He was connected with the Congregational 

Mr.s. Hannah A. Baker Cutting has resided 
in the village of Newport since 1892. She 
still owns the farm which her husband culti- 
vated, retaining it for the sake of old associa- 
tions. An active and liberal member of the 
Methodist church, .she gave the electric lights 
now used in the chnich edifice, and was instru- 
mental in making the present parsonage a part 
of the church property. She has long been 
active in Sunday-school matters, and has 
served as President of the Ladies' Aitl Soci- 



cty, I)cing a woman with jiowcrfiil will for the 
iij;ht everywhere. It is almost needless to 
add that she wins the esteem of all with whom 
she is brought in contact. 

tp)Th:NRV C. 1?ARTL1':TT, a leading 
r^rj farmer of llill, N 11., was horn in 

Ay^ \ . this town, July 25, 1845. Mr. 

l^artlett's family traces its ancestry back to 
Colonial times. His iiatenial grandfather, 
Daniel l^artlett,- was born in Plaistow, N. H., 
August 15, 1775, married June 3, 1801, and 
came from that town to Hill on horseback, 
witli his wife, Ruth (jile I^artlett, mounted 
behind, in the fashion of that early day. lie 
settled on Mason Hill, where he built a small 
house and took up a large tract of wild land. 
Full of the stirring progressive spirit of the 
pioneer, he was soon able to put up a larger 
frame house; and he had an e.xtensive farm 
well cleared before his death. He lived to be 
seventy-nine years old, and had nine children 
— -Susan, Ezekiel, Sally, Moses, Gertrude, 
Ruth, Huldah, Daniel, and John, of whom the 
only survivor is Daniel, who resides in Sagi- 
naw, Mich., where he has erected several fine 
residences. Susan and SaMy were successful 
school teachers. 

Moses Bartlett, second son of Daniel and 
Ruth, received his education in the jniblic 
schools of Hill, and then went to Massachu- 
setts, where he was engaged in the stone- 
cutting business for four years. At the end of 
this time he returned to his native town and 
bought a farm on Dickerson Hill. Later he 
sold that place and purchased the Colonel Ray 
estate, where his son, Henry C., was born. 
He repaired the buildings of this property and 
spent tlie remainder of his life here, passing 
away at the advanced age of eighty-one years. 
Having embraced religion early in life, he 

ever maintained a strictly religious integrity, 
dying in full triumph of his faith. His wife 
Charlotte, the daughter of Moses Webster, 
was forty-si.v years old when she died. Her 
father is said to have been a distant kinsman 
of the great Daniel Webster. Mo.scs and 
Charlotte (Webster) Bartlett had six children, 
namely: Samuel W. , whose residence is situ- 
ated on I'ranklin Street, Concord, N. H., who 
has been a faithful employee of the Northern 
Railroad for over thirty years; Cyrus W., who 
lives in Franklin, N. H., near the Kendrick 
farm; La Roy D., not living; Henry C. ; Flla 
R., whose home is in Methuen, Mass. ; and 
John W., of Hill Centre. 

Henry C. , the fourth son as the names are 
here given, was educated in the district 
schools. He began work with the late J. P. 
Jones in Georgetown, Mass., who for many 
years Was one of the leading lawyers of Haver- 
hill, Mass., but afterward returned to his 
home in Hill and purchased the old homestead 
of two hundred acres. 

Mr. Bartlett married Etta Louise, the only 
daughter of Daniel B. and Mary (Dearborn) 
Bartlett, March 11, 1S75. He devotes him- 
self diligently to his farm and home, and is 
also faithful to his duties as a citizen. In 
l)olitics he is a stanch Republican, having cast 
his first Presidential vote for General Grant in 
1868. He has been an officer of the School 
Board' of Hill and a Commissioner of High- 
ways, is a member of the Congregational 
church, and is ever found a person of open 
mind and honest convictions. 

STeorgk H. 

/ST'eORGK H. FAIRBANKS, a farmer 
yj^r of Newport, was born in Frances- 
town, N. H., June 4, 1S30, son of 
Jabez and Sally (Bixby) Fairbanks. The 
father, born in Francestown, N. H., Februarv 


24, 17S8, lived there for some time, carrying 
on general farming and working at his trade of 
millwright, and holding communion with the 
Congregational church. He was a great tem- 
perance man. In ]iolitics he was a Republi- 
can, and he was a Selectman of Francestown. 
In 1840 he removed to Newport, where he re- 
mained during the latter part of his life. 
Here he became a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. For his first wife he mar- 
ried Sally l^i.xby on January 2, 18 14. She 
was born January 29, 17S2, and died in 1S39, 
December 2. For his second wife he married 
I'olly Bi.xby, a sister of his first wife. He 
died May 10, 1874, having survived his second 
wife, whose death occurred January 26, 1863. 
By the first marriage there were five children, 
namely: Elmira, born December 18, 1814, 
who died May 30, 1846; Sarah A., born 
December 16, 1818, who died in April, 
1885; Eliza J., born March 5, 1821, who 
died August 30 in the same year; Mary E., 
born January 29, 1826, who died October 
12, 1873; and George H., the subject of this 

George H. Fairbanks came to Newport when 
but nine years of age, and there subsecjuently 
received the larger part of his education. 
While his principal occupation has been gen- 
eral farming, he worked at a trade in the vil- 
lage of Newport for a period of twenty years. 
On his farm of one hundred and fifty acres, 
most of which is under cultivation, he has 
made many improvements. In politics he is 
a Ke[Hiblican. He has served in the State 
legislature both as Representative and Sen- 
ator, and he has been a County Commissioner 
since 1893. lie is a member of the Otld Fel- 
lows Sugar River Lodge. On October 19, 
1853, he married Eunice Chapin, who died 
March 12, 1854. He contiacted a second 
marriage November 19, 1855, with Helen M. 

Nourse, who was born August 18, 1829, 
daughter of Daniel and Margaret (Wilson) 
Nourse, of Acworth, N. H. Mr. and Mrs. 
Fairbanks have been active members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church for many years. 
Their four children are: Charles H., Mary 
H., George A., and Burton E. Of these chil- 
dren Charles H. was born November 28, 
1856, and lives in Newport. He married 
Emma L. Howe, February i, 1881, and they 
have three children — M. Gertrude, Arthur 
R., and Alice K. George A., born March 24, 
1863, belongs to the firm of Fairbanks 
Brothers of Rochester, N. H. On October 12, 
1 885, he married Margaret A. Gilmore, of 
Newport, and now has three children — Helen 
M., Marion S., and Harold G. Mary H., born 
January 26, 1861, died August i, 1863; and 
Burton E., born November 15, 1870, died 
November 16, 1889. Mr. Fairbanks, Sr. , has 
been a stirring, active man all his life; and 
he enjoys the esteem of his fellow-townsmen. 

I LAS P. THOMPSON, an extensive 
v7> farmer of Franklin, was born in this 
town, March 11, 1842, son of An- 
drew C. and Eliza (Perkins) Thompson. His 
father, who was born in P'ranklin in 1804, 
spent his active period in agriculture, and 
passed his last days in Andover, N. IL, where 
he died in 1892. His mother, who was born 
in Kennebunkport, Me., in 1806, died in 
1S46. She w'as the first wife of his father, 
who after her death contracted a second 
marriage with Mehitable S. Harvey, of San- 
bornton, N. II. Mehitable Thomjison died 
December 29, 1886. The seven children of 
Andrew C. Thomjjson were: Oliver M., 
Thomas P., Addie W., Henry M.. Silas P., 
Maria H., and .Saraii I^Iizabetli, all born of 
his first union. Oliver M., who is now a 


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stone-cutter of Concord, N. 1[., married for 
his first wife Abhie Moody, wiio died in [866. 
Tiic maiden name of his second wife was 
Abbie h'landers. Thomas P., who is engaged 
in fainiing in Tilton, N.I I., mairied Alice 
C. Cntlei'. vXddie \V. is now the wife of I-'. 
Locke, a farmer of 15ristol, N.II. Maria II. 
is the wife of Charles M. Thompson, a farmer 
of Slrathan), N.II. Ilcnry M., who marrietl 
Selina Sleeper, is a prosperous farmer in 
Andover, N.II. Sarah I'liizalieth died at the 
age of twenty-two years. 

Silas ]'. Tlinnipson acquired a common- 
school education, and resided at home until 
twenty-two years old. lie was for a time 
engaged in teaching school in Salis])ury, N.II. 
Then he went to Minneapolis, Miini. During 
his residence there he was in the insurance 
business for some time, and was Street Com- 
missioner for four years. Upon his return to 
I'ranklin he settled on the Colby farm, and 
lias since given his attention to general farm- 
ing, lie has improved the property, which 
contains two hundred acres, and in addition 
to raising the usual crops he runs a dairy and 
breeds horses. On November i6, 1873, he 
was united in marriage with Martha A. Colby, 
who was born in Franklin, June 7, 1S41, 
daughter of Ezekiel and Tabitha (Smith) 
Colby. Mrs. Thompson is the mother of five 
children, as follows: h'.rnestO., born Decem- 
ber 2^, 1874, now engaged in agricultural pur- 
suits in Franklin; (irace M., the wife of 
X'ernon 15. Hlake, of this town; Minneola, 
born May 28, 1879, who is attending school in 
New Hampton, N.II.; Luther C, born July 
21, 1881, who is at home; and Katie L., 
born I'"ebruary 23, 1S88, also at home. Po- 
litically, Mr. Thompson is independent. 
While residing in Salisbury he was a member 
of the School Committee, and he is now a Jus- 
tice of the Peace. He is connected with the 

grange in Mill. Mrs. Thomp.son is a member 
of the Christian church. 

•Nin' PhlAKSON K(JLI-F, a promi- 
nent lawyer of Concord, N. M., was 

^^ 1 b(jrn in ]<oscawen, this State, Feb- 
ruary 13, 1S21. His parents were Henjamin 
and Margaret (Searles) Kolfe. Benjamin 
Rolfe, Sr., his paternal grandfather, was one of 
the early settlers of lioscawen, whither he came 
in 1769 all the way from Newbury, Mass., on 
horseback. His wife rode behind him on a 
liillion, and their housekeeping and personal 
necessaries were carried on the same horse, 
this being the ordinary meth(jd of travelling 
in those early Colonial times in New England. 
She returned alone through Chester, N. H., 
and left him in the forest to begin the pioneer 
work of clearing, planting, and building. 
The new home in Boscawen was soon estab- 
lished, and they there spent the remainder of 
their lives. The Rev. Jonathan Searles, Mr. 
Rolfe's grandfather on the maternal side, was 
a graduate of Harvard College and the first 
minister ever settled in the town of Salisbury. 
He baptized Daniel Webster and his brothers 
and sisters. Margaret Searles, afterward Mrs. 
Rolfe, attended the district school with the 
future Statesman, and was his warm personal 

Benjamin Rolfe, the younger, was a man of 
versatile parts, and carried on the occupations 
of carpentering, pump-making, and farming. 
About the year 1840 he removed his residence 
from ]5oscawen to the town of Hill, N. H., 
where he purchased a farm and passed the re- 
maining seventeen years of his life. He died 
at the age of eighty-four. By his wife, Mar- 
garet Searles, daughter of the clergyman men- 
tioned above, he became the father of a family 
of three children; namely, Enoch S., Henry 



Pearson, and Charles B. Henry Pearson 
Rolfe is the only one of the three now surviv- 
ing. Charles B. Rolfe, his younger brother, 
caught the gold fever at the time of the dis- 
covery of the precious metal in California, 
went out to that State among the famous pio- 
neers of 1849, and died there soon after 

Henry P. Rolfe in his youth attended the 
district schools of Boscawen and the New 
Hampton Literary Institution, and then en- 
tered Dartmouth College, where he was grad- 
uated in the class of 1848. Immediately 
entering upon the study of the law in the 
office of Judge Fowler, of Concord, he was ad- 
mitted to the Merrimack County bar in May, 
1851, and continued in the active exercise of 
his chosen profession in Concord until some 
time in the year 1882, when he met with a 
painful carriage accident, in which he was 
badly kicked in the head by an unruly horse 
and sustained severe injuries to his back. 
This disaster brought on a severe attack of 
nervous prostration, which compelled him to 
relinquish the greater jiart of his large legal 
practice and from which he has never entirely 

He married Mary Rebecca Sherburne, the 
daughter of Robert H. and Ruth (Kimball) 
Sherburne, of Concord. They have had a fam- 
ily of five children, of whom only two survive 
to-day; namely, Robert H. and George IL 
Robert H. Rolfe, the elder surviving son, 
married Grace Stearns, the daughter of ex- 
Governor Onslow Stearns, of New Hampshire, 
and lias one child — Onslow S., born January 
16, 1895. George H. Rolfe, the younger son, 
married ]5ertha O. Cawley, of Mill, N.H., 
and has one son — Hamilton Cawlcy, born 
December 6, 1894. 

Mr. Henry P. Rolfe was an active Demo- 
crat in tile exciting ante bcllnin times, and cast 

his first Presidential vote for General Lewis 
Cass in 1848. He served as a delegate to the 
Baltimore Democratic National Convention 
that nominated Stephen A. Douglas, "the 
little Giant," for President of the United 
States; and he was himself nominated as an 
elector. In a public meeting held at Concord 
Mr. Rolfe introduced Senator Douglas to the 
people of New Hampshire in a speech that the 
latter characterized as "one of the happiest in- 
troductions " he had ever had. Upon the 
firing on Fort Sumter at Charleston, S.C. , the 
first overt act of the Southerners that opened 
the Civil War, Mr. Rolfe left the Democratic 
party, and thenceforth and forever transferred 
his allegiance and political support to the 
Republicans. By his character and ability he 
has won the confidence and esteem of his fel- 
low-citizens, who returned him as their chosen 
Representative to the New Hampshire legis- 
lature in the years 1853, 1863, and 1S64. In 
1854 he was elected a member of the Board of 
Education, and the ensuing year its President. 
In 1869 he was appointed by President Grant 
LTnited States District Attorney for the dis- 
trict of New Hampshire, and he occupied the 
office five years. Mr. Rolfe has always been a 
man who practised the strictest temperance in 
all his personal habits, never having used to- 
bacco or strong drink in the course of his life. 
In religion he is an ICpiscopalian, and is a 
communicant of St. Paul's Church in Con- 
cord. At one period of his life he was an 
active member of the old Dartmouth "Pha- 
lanx," training on the right of the regiment 
and right of his company as the tallest man. 
He belongs to the fraternal organizations of 
the Temple of Honor and the United Order 
of Pilgrim ]""athers, and was tlie first Governor 
of the first order of the latter lodge ever estab- 
lished in the State of New Hampshire. Mr. 
Rolfe was a sympathetic and active partici- 


]);iiit, lip III the time of liis accident, in all 
matters relating; to the welfare and higher 
ilevclopnient of Ccjncurd ; and his enforced re- 
tirement from [lublic affairs while still in the 
midst of his usefulness has occasioned much 
regret amont: his fellow-citizens. 

olon]':l (;i;()K(;|': h. dana, a 

retired ICast India merchant residing 
in Newijort, N. 11., was born in Hos- 
toi), .September 2, 1S37. Son of the late 
I'"raiu'is iJana, Jr., M.D., for many years a 
practising jihysician in Boston and Cambridge, 
he comes of old and honored Colonial stock, 
being a member of the Massachusetts family 
of this name that has given to the country so 
many citizens of worth and distinction. In an 
article recently published in Miinsiy's Mnii-a- 
ziiii- it is well stated that "of all American 
families there are few that can compare, in 
number of men eminent in various sjiheres, 
with the Danas. " Its founder was Richard 
Dana, who settled at Cambridge, Mass., about 
1640. Continuing the quotation: "The lives 
and records of those of his progeny who have 
jicrpetuated the family name are interwoven 
with the very life of the nation. They were 
soldiers and statesmen ; hands that helped to lay 
the corner-stone of the republic; patriots who 
rallied at Ikmker Hill, who responded again 
to the call of freedom in 1S12, and who in our 
Civil War hastened to attest their right to the 
family name by a display of the heroic spirit 
of their sires. " 

Daniel Dana, the fourth son of Richard, 
owned at one time the greater part of Cam- 
bridge. This possession was divided among 
his children. Richaiil, the son of Daniel, was 
a prominent jurist and patriot. He died in 
1772. His son Francis, Sr. , was the first 
Chief Justice of Massachusetts, and was first 

United States Minister to Russia. He mar- 
ried Klizabcth, daughter of William Kllery, 
a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 
He had three children — Francis, Fdminnl, 
and Richard Henry. The latter was one of 
the founders of the North Aiiurican Rcvieto 
and author of the "Buccaneer," etc. The 
eldest son, I'rancis, was a merchant, and 
spent many years in Russia and Hamburg. 
He married .Soiihia, daughter of President 
Willard of Harvard College, and had by her 
four children — Sophia (afterward wife of 
(icorge Ripley, literary editor of the New 
York Tribune), Mary Elizabeth, Francis, and 

Francis Dana, Jr., the father of the Colonel, 
graduated from Harvard College, as did his 
father before him. He took up the study of 
medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and 
became a physician of high rank in Boston and 
Cambridge. He married Isabella, daughter 
of Moses Ilazen White, and grand-daughter of 
Dr. John Frink, of Rutland, Mass. In relig- 
ion he was an Episcopalian. He lived to the 
age of seventy-two years. Of his four chil- 
dren Francis and William died young. The 
others are: Isabella, who resides in Boston; 
and George H. 

Before the war of the Rebellion George 
H. Dana was engaged in mercantile pursuits 
in the EaSt Indies. He returned to his 
native land in 1861 to join the Northern 
forces, enlisting in the Thirty-second Massa- 
chusetts Regiment as Second Lieutenant. 
During the war he engaged in twenty-seven 
battles, and was seriously wounded in the arm 
at the battle of Gettysburg. For one year he 
was on detailed duty, and during a part of that 
time served on the staff of his cousin, General 
N. J. T. Dana. He was made Lieutenant 
Colonel for his meritorious conduct and 
bravery in battle, and his military record is an 



honor to himself and to his noble lineage. 
At the close of the war he resumed his busi- 
ness relations with his partners in the I^ast 
Indies, and remained there until 1S71. Re- 
turning to the United States, he took up his 
residence in Newport, N.H., spendinghis sum- 
mers at Lake Sunapee, where he has large real 
estate interests. 

Colonel Dana was married in 1865 to Fran- 
ces Matson Burke, daughter of Edmund Burke, 
of Newport. Her father was an eminent law- 
yer, a member of Congress, and a political 
writer of national importance. He was Com- 
missioner of Patents under the administration 
of President Polk. To Colonel and Mrs. Dana 
one son has been born, the fifth Francis. He 
is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and 
a member of the Suffolk County bar. After 
two years spent in the practice of his profes- 
sion he accepted a professorship at the St. 
Paul's School at Concord. He is a young 
man of brilliant literary attainments, and has 
already published many well-received stories 
and poems. His first novel, just completed, 
has been published by Harper Brothers. 

ormerly an Associate Justice of the 
Supreme Court of New Hampshire, 
was born in Salisbury, N. H., August 20, 
1827. His paternal ancestry were prominent 
in early Colonial affairs, and several of them 
served in the Continental army during the 
Revolutionary War. A brother of Judge 
]5artlett was at one time President of Dart- 
mouth College. An extended account of the 
family will be found in the History of the 
Town of Salisbury. 

Mr. ]5artlctt graduated from Dartmouth 
College, on which occasion he was the vale- 
dictorian of his class. His law studies were 

pursued with Judges Perley and Bellows. 
After his admission to the bar he entered 
upon the practice of his profession with an 
energy that soon placed him in the foremost 
rank among his legal associates in Merrimack 
County. He not only displayed the essential 
qualities which characterize an able, forcible 
advocate, but he became noted for his profound 
scholarship and thorough understanding of the 
elementary principles of law. In 1861 he 
was appointed to a seat upon the Supreme 
]5ench. This important position he filled 
ably and impartially until his death, which 
occurred September 24, 1867. 

On May 8, 1856, Judge Bartlett was united 
in marriage with Caroline Baker, who survives 
him. She was born in Concord, daughter of 
Abel and Nancy (Bradley) Baker, old and 
highly esteemed residents of this city. Abel 
Baker took a prominent part in public affairs, 
served as Representative to the legislature, and 
acted as a Justice of the Peace for many years. 
He lived to the age of seventy-three years. 
His wife, who died at the age of fifty-nine, was 
a daughter of Samuel and Kate (Green) Brad- 
ley. The Green family once owned that part 
of the capitol grounds adjoining Main Street, 
and Mrs. Bartlett's mother remembered when 
the present site of the State House was a po- 
tato field. Nathaniel Bradley Baker, only son 
of Abel and Nancy (Bradley) Baker, was Gov- 
ernor of New Hampshire in the )'ear 1853. 
He died in 1876, leaving a widow and four 
children, each of whom has occupied promi- 
nent positions in different sections of the 

yfRANK R. WOODWARD, a widely 

I [5 known manufacturer ami a prominent 

resident of Hill, was born in the town 

of Salisbury, February 9, 1845, son of Daniel 

S. Woodward, of that place. Ancestors of his 



oil hotli the maternal and pntcrnal lines were 
brave ami gallant soldiers. His great-grand^ 
father Woodward, the first representative of the 
family in this country, who canu; liere from 
Ireland in the first half of the last century, 
and settled in Maine, fought in the war of the 
Revolution; and his sons, Stephen and Jesse, 
foiinlit in the second war with England. 
Daniel Woodward, a son of Jesse, married 
Dorcas, daugiiter of luioch Adams, of Salis- 
bury, who fought in the war of Independence 
fnim April, 1775, until its close. In 1848 
Daniel moved to Penacook, then called 
Fisherville, and later to Franklin. 

I'"rank R. Woodward received his education 
in the public schools of Franklin and at Noyes 
Academy. In 1S68 he went to Manchester, 
wiierc he was employed as superintendent of 
the Forsaith Latch Needle Factory. Two 
years later he purchased the business, and in 
1872 he moved the plant to Hill. In the fol- 
lowing year he sold tiie needle factory in order 
to engage in the manufacture of glass-cutters 
and other light hardware. He has continued 
in this line of business up to the present time, 
gaining a wide reputation in Europe as well 
as in this country. The establishment of the 
factory in Hill has stimulated the other indus- 
tries of the town, and has been of great bene- 
fit in giving employment to many workmen. 
Other advantages have come through Mr. 
Woodward's personal efforts and private be- 
neficences. In 1884 he laid out and graded 
Pleasant Hill Cemetery, which occupies a 
beautiful location upon a hill overlooking the 
village, dedicating it to the memory of his 
eldest daughter. May, who died May 2, 1884, 
at the age of thirteen years. Previous to this 
there had been no cemetery in town worthy of 
the name, and it is greatly appreciated by the 
residents. In 1885 he erected in the village 
a fine block containing a large hall, a store, 

and a number of tenements. Two years later 
he was engaged in making a large addition, 
but before the work was completed the entire 
structure was burned. Mr. Woodward has 
also built a system of water-works, with which 
he supplies water from springs on his property 
to all the villagers who desire it. Connected 
with the pipes also are hydrants for protec- 
tion against fire, and the supply and pressure 
of water is excellent. When the village 
church was burned some years since, Mr. 
Woodward gave the society the lot and foun- 
dation for the new edifice, and took charge of 
its building. 

Outside his manufacturing business Mr. 
Woodward is greatly interested in agricultural 
pursuits. He owns two farms, one in the 
village of Hill and one three miles outside. 
On these farms there is produced large quan- 
tities of milk, which is sold readily at the cars. 
Mr. Woodward is a charter member and the 
first Overseer of Pemigewasset Grange, No. 
107; and he has served as its Master, Secre- 
tary, and Lecturer. He is also a member of 
Merrimack County Pomona Grange, of various 
Masonic bodies, of the Odd Fellows, the 
Knights of Pythias, the Red Men, and the 
Good Templars. In the Good Templars he is 
a charter member of Hill Lodge, and for a 
number of terms has been Chief Templar. 

Mr. Woodward has been twice married. 
The five children of his first marriage are de- 
ceased. The present Mrs. Woodward, whose 
maiden name was Ella E. Hilpert, has one 
son, Harold A., born April 29, 1888. Mr. 
Woodward belongs to the Christian Church 
of Hill, and is a life Director of the society. 
He has charge of the church property, and has 
been superintendent of the Sunday'-school 
since it started, nine years ago. In politics 
he is a Democrat. Keenly alive to all the 
public interests of his town, he has taken an 



active part in its affairs. He has served it 
on its ]5oard of Education and in tlie capaci- 
ties of Supervisor and Postmaster; and he 
represented it in the State legislature in 
1S84. As the town is strongly Republican, 
his election to the legislature was remarkable 
testimony of the great esteem in which he is 
held by his townsmen of all parties. 

SRA CUTTING EVANS, a well-known 
printer and publisher of Concord, was 
born in Hill, NTT, April 16, 1841, son 
of Jonathan and Olive Aiken (Cutting) Evans. 
His parents were natives of the State, and 
have resided in Merrimack County over fifty 
years. On the paternal side Mr. Evans is a 
descendant of John Evans, who served in most 
of the important battles fought in Northern 
New England during the struggle for Ameri- 
can independence. The Cutting family is 
an old and highly reputable one; and John 
O. Cutting, the maternal grandfather of the 
subject of this sketch, served as a soldier in 
the War of 1812, and was a prominent resi- 
dent of Concord in his day. 

Mr. Evans attended the public schools of 
Concord until he was fourteen years old, and 
then cntei'ed the employ of McFarland & 
Jenks, publishers of the Nczv Ilaiiipshiir 
'Statesman. On August 13, 1S62, he en- 
listed as a private in the Twelfth Regiment, 
New Hampshire Volunteers, for service in 
the Civil War. The regiment joined the 
Army of the Potomac at Pleasant Valley, Md., 
and participated in all its battles. After the 
battle of Gettysburg, in company with the 
Second and Fifth New Hampshire Regiments, 
it was sent to Point Lookout, Md., where it 
was quartered some eight months, waiting for 
recruits. When again ordered to active duty, 
it was attached to the Army of the James, 

under the command of General Butler. After 
participating in the engagements at Drury'.s 
Bluff, Bermuda Hundred, and Swift Creek, it 
was transported to White House Landing, and 
was with General Grant at the battle of Cold 
Harbor. It was also present at the siege of 
Petersburg, where Mr. Evans was promoted to 
the post of principal musician, and at the 
capture of Richmond. On June 21, 1865, it 
was mustered out of the service. After his re- 
turn from the army Mr. Evans resumed his 
connection with the printing business in Con- 
cord, first entering the employ of William 
Butterfield, publisher of the Nciv Hampshire 
Patriot. Afterward he was in the employ of 
the Independent Democrat, People, and Indepen- 
dent Statesman. His political affiliations have 
been with the Republican party since reach- 
ing his majority, and his vigorous advocacy of 
its principles has been exceedingly valuable 
to it in this part of the State. He was elected 
to the legislature for the years 1895 and 1896. 
He was also public printer during the years 
1 891 and 1892. 

On August 3, 1865, Mr. Evans wedded 
Helen G. Rowe, a native of Concord. Of the 
four children born to them, two are living — 
Mabel Y, and Ira Leon. Mr. Evans is a mem- 
ber of Eureka Lodge, No. 7, F. & A. M. ; of 
White Mountain Lodge, No. 5, I. O O. F. ; 
of Concord Lodge, No. 8, Knights of Pythias, 
of which he is a Past Chancellor; and of the 
A. O. U. W. He is a Past Commander of 
E. E. Sturtevant Post, No. 2, Grand Army of 
the Reiuiblic; was delegate at large to the 
National Encampment at San I""rancisco in 
188.1.; and he has served as Aide-de-caniji upon 
the staff of the department commander. He 
was for five years connected with the National 
Guard ; and he is the publisher of the ]'eterans' 
Advoeate, which was established in 1884, and 
which is the (jnly newspaper issued in New 

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Ilanijishiic devoted to the interests of the 
Grand Army of tlie Republic and its auxil- 

^\C^;/I!.IJAM CLARK, formerly Judge 
of Probate for Sullivan County, was 
born ill Claremont, March 6, 1819, 
son of Moses and Fanny (I'atterson) Clark. 
Mis ancestors on both sides were pioneer set- 
tlers of Londonderry, N. IL Moses Clark, a 
native of Londonderry, came when a young 
man to Claremont, and settled upon a farm 
situated on the old road to Newport. He fol- 
lowed agriculture with success for the rest of 
his life, and was one of the able farmers and 
useful citizens of his day. In his religious 
views he was a Universalist. lie was the 
father of ten children, si.x sons and four 

In his boyhood William Clark attended the 
disti-ict school for several months each year. 
He assisted upon the farm until he was 
twenty-one years old. Then he apprenticed 
himself to Rufus Carlton to learn the butcher- 
ing and meat business. A year later he went 
to work in the same business for Philemon 
ToUes, with whom he remained three years. 
After this he engaged in business for him- 
self, and built up a large trade, which he 
maintained alone for eight or nine years, and 
for three years in partnership with Henry C. 
Cowles. In this period for some time he 
drove a meat wagon through the surrounding 
towns, and each winter his route extended as 
far as Concord. Selling out to his partner in 
1857, he was afterward engaged in the whole- 
sale grain and flour trade with Albert H. Dan- 
forth for about fifteen years. In 1871 he re- 
tired after an active business career of thirty 
years, and devoted his attention to other in- 
terests. He was employed in probate affairs 
for many years, acting as administrator for 

some of tile largest estates in Sullivan 
County. From 1853 to 1868 he was a member 
of the Board of Selectmen, and he was Chair- 
man of the Hoard for ten years of that time. 
In 1863 he was appointed United States 
Deputy Assessor of Internal Revenue for this 
district, and afterward held that position for 
nine years. He was Town Clerk in 1871, 
1872, and 1873, during which time the town 
records were kept in a manner that reflected 
the highest credit upon him. In 1876 he was 
appointed Judge of Probate, a position which 
he held until his death. The Supreme Court 
never reversed a single decision of his from 
which appeal had been made. He was a Di- 
rector of the Claremont National Hank for 
fourteen years and of the Sullivan Savings 
Institution for twenty-nine years. 

Judge Clark married Esther A. Bosworth, 
who survives him. She was born in Royal- 
ton, Vt., daughter of Jarvis and Bershey 
(Crowell) Bosworth. Jarvis Bosworth, who 
was a native of Rehoboth, R.I., settled in 
Royalton, Vt., where he resided for the rest 
of his life. An able, upright, and fair- 
minded business man, possessing excellent 
judgment and a thorough knowledge of finan- 
cial matters, Mr. Clark was especially well 
fitted to preside over the Probate Court. He 
was a member of the Masonic fraternity and 
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 
He died at his home in Claremont, May 30, 

LIV1-:R p. WILSON, a retired busi- 
ness man and a prominent resident of 
Dunbarton, was born in this town, 
October 17, 1836, son of Thomas and Mary 
(Mills) Wilson. The grandfather, John Wil- 
son, who was the first of the family in this 
town, was reared upon a farm, and acquired 
the trade of shoemaking. An industrious and 


thrifty man, it was his custom to attend to 
the farm duties through the day, and make or 
repair shoes for the farmers in his locality 
until late at night. He was for many years a 
Deacon of the Congregational church, and he 
lived to a good old age. He married Anna 
H. Kimball, of Hopkinton, and reared a fam- 
ily of eleven children. 

Thomas Wilson, who was also a native of 
Dunbarton, attended school until he was seven- 
teen years old. Afterward for a time he 
assisted his father upon the farm. Later he 
served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's 
trade, which he followed as a journeyman for a 
few years. Then, relinquishing that calling, 
he engaged in a mercantile business in Dun- 
barton, and carried on a prosperous trade for 
several years. The profits of this business, 
together with the income of a large farm which 
he conducted at the same time, had placed him 
in very comfortable circumstances before his 
death. This event, which occurred when he 
was seventy-five years old, was the result of 
an accident. He rendered faithful and effi- 
cient service as Town Treasurer and Collector 
for a number of years, and he was active in the 
Congregational church. His wife, Mary, who 
was a daughter of Reuben Mills, of Hamp- 
.stead, had eight children, of whom five are 

' Oliver P. Wilson acquired a common- 
school education, and at the age of sixteen 
began life as a farm assistant. After follow- 
ing the latter occupation for two or three 
year.s, he went to Manchester, where he 
learned photograjjhy, and worked at the busi- 
ness for three year.s. Then, returning to 
Dunbarton, he entered his father's store as 
a partner, and opened a photograph gallery. 
Upon the death of his father he became the 
sole proprietor of the store, which he prosper- 
ously conducted for twenty-five years. In 

1S90 he sold out to his son-in-law, and retired 
from active pursuits. For a number of years 
he and his father acted as agents for the 
Olzendam Hosiery Company of Manchester, 
during which time they supplied some fifty 
families with work in that line. He has also 
been an extensive dealer in real estate, having 
bought and sold a large number of farms in 
this section. 

In 1856 Mr. Wilson was united in marriage 
with Nancy ¥. Chamberlain, daughter of 
Thomas and Eliza Chamberlain, of Goffstown, 
N. H., and has reared two children. In 1873, 
1874, 1S75, and 1876 Mr. Wilson was elected 
Town Treasurer, and Collector in 1874, 1S75, 
1878, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1889, 1891, and 1897; 
and for twenty-five years he served as Post- 
master, the office having been located in his 
store. He has also acted as Constable and 
Justice of the Peace. Prominently identified 
with the First Congregational Church, he has 
been its treasurer and collector as well as the 
treasurer, superintendent, and librarian of the 

Rh:KMAN CUTTING, a prosperous 
farmer of Newport, was born in Croy- 
don, N.H., Jul}' 19, i82r, son of I'ran- 
cis and Keziah (Hudson) Cutting. His 
grandfather, Benjamin Cutting, one of the 
first settlers of Croydon, was an energetic and 
successful farmer; and he served his country 
in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin and his 
wife, Anna Bemas Cutting, died at the re- 
spective ages of eighty-eight antl ninety years. 
Of their thirteen childien none are now living. 
Francis Cutting, who was ne.xt to the young- 
est, followed his father's occupation, that of 
farming. lie was also an extensive stock 
dealer, in fact, doing, it is claimed, the 
largest business in that line in Sullivan 

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(■()Ui)ty. Ilis propcity consisted (if cij^lit liun- 
(Irod acres of land. In religion lie was of 
the Methodist I']piscopal belief, and in poli- 
ties lie was a Democrat. On his seventy- 
eighth birthday he died on the farm where he 
was horn. Mis wife lived to be seventy-si.\ 
years of age. 'I'hey had nine children — 
tiirce (lauij;htci's and six sons. I'ive of these 
children are now living, the subject of this 
sketch being the eldest. The others are: 
.Shepherd Cutting, of Newport; Addison Cut- 
ting, of Croydon; Mr.s. Diantha \'oung, the 
wife of Israel Young, of New]iort ; and Mrs. 
I'hilinda I'ike. The others were: Alfred, 
Ireua, iMorrill, and l-'lan. 

Freeman Cutting grew up on the old farm 
in Crovdon, receiving his education in the 
town schools. At the age of twenty-one he 
puichascd one huiulred and twenty-one acres of 
land adjoining his father's property in New- 
port. After living on this estate for eleven 
vears, he sold it and bought another in Clare- 
niont, on which he resided for eight years. 
At the end of that time he moved back to 
Newport, and in 1871 he bought the pro[)crty 
on which he now resides. It contains four 
lumdieil acres, which, taken with what he 
owns elsewhere, makes about nine hundred 
acres .belonging to him. lie has one of the 
best sets of farm builtliiigs in the town, and 
the appearance of thrift and progress is visible 
everywhere. He has worked with untiring 
energy, made a great many improvements, and 
keejis up well with the times. In this lies 
the secret of his success. He deals extensively 
in cattle, and is a leading stock-raiser. At 
present he has seventy-five head of cattle on 
his farm, and he makes a specialty of the milk 
industry. Giving his personal attention to all 
the details of the farm management, the best 
results are in tliis way secured. 

Mr. Cutting was married in 1S43 to Kmily 

A. Hubbard, vvjio, born in Charlcstown, 
N. H., in 1823, daughter of Oliver Hubbard, 
died A|)ril 17, 1894. Their ten children arc 
all living; namely, Dcnnison, Kmily, )<ihn, 
Iklah, Louis, Achar, Zilpha, Sarah, Abbie, 
and Viola. 

Mr. Cutting takes an interest in the welfare 
of the community. He was I'irst Selectman 
of New|iort for several terms. Overseer of the 
Poor for the same length of time, and he 
served acceptably in the capacity of Tax 

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LI,I':\ bRANCES KVANS, of Krank- 
in, whose intelligence and worth com- 
mand the highest esteem of her large 
circle of friends and accjuaintanccs, was born 
June 27, 1S45, in Sanbornton, N. II., daugh- 
ter of lulward and Phoebe (Morrison) Evans. 
Her ancestors were prominent among the 
pioneers of Belknap County. Miss lu'ans's 
father, a native of Sanbornton, generally 
known as Master Evans, for a number of years 
successfully taught schools in Andover and 
Sanbornton; and many of his pupils have at- 
tained [iromincnce in business and professional 
life. For thirty-seven years Mr. Evans re- 
sided at the Morrison farm in his native town. 
He died of apople.xy, September 14, 1S72, 
aged seventy-seven years. Having done much 
for the general good of the community, he was 
generally mourned. His wife, Phuebe, who 
was also a native of Sanbornton and a daugh- 
ter of David Morrison, died August 16, 1S75, 
aged seventy-five years. Her noble and un- 
selfish character was demonstrated in her 
cvery-day life, and her charity was dispensed 
liberally among the needy and suffering. 
While residing with her son in Boston, she 
suddenly became conscious of her approaching 
end, and, at her desire, was brought to her old 
home in Sanbornton. Here her last days were 


]5eacefully spent in waiting for the final 
moment, of which she had no fear. She had 
formerly sung in the church choir, and in this 
period the singing of sacred songs seemed to 
revive her memories of the past and was a 
source of much consolation. 

Edward and Phcebe (Morrison) ICvans were 
the parents of eight children; namely, Ran- 
som Flagg, Edward Dustin, Lucy Ann, Mary 
Jane, Sarah, Susan, George Sullivan, and Ellen 
Frances. Ransom Flagg Evans, born January 
9, 1824, who became a member of the firm 
Sands, Furber & Co., and was connected with 
the wholesale and retail produce business in 
Faneuil Hall Market, Boston, for over forty 
years, died suddenly in 1896. He not only 
improved the old homestead, but generously 
provided for the comfort of his relatives in 
Sanbornton. The ICvans family monument 
in the new cemetery in Fran-klin, placed there 
by him in 1880, is one of the most costly and 
imposing shafts erected in this vicinity. Ed- 
ward Dustin L^x'ans, born May 16, 1826, mar- 
ried Frances Perley, of New Bedford, Mass., 
and resided in that town until -a year previous 
to his death, which occurred December 25, 
1859, at the age of thirty-three years. Lucy 
Ann Evans, born October 19, 1831, on March 
12, 1865, married Jacob Fnttler, who was born 
August 19, 1839, and is now a member of the 
firm of Sands, Furber & Co. Mr. and Mrs. 
I-'olller, who reside at 57 Chestnut Street, 
Boston, have two children : Frances Belle, 
born July 16, 1866; and Milton l-^ans, born 
April 14, 1869. Mary Jane Evans, who was 
born June 9, 1834, married Nathaniel M. 
Colby, an extensive farmer of P'ranklin, N.LI. 
.Sarah Evans, born A])ril 9, 1836, on Novem- 
ber 16, 1870, married Beniah B. Davidson, 
who was born in Iloldcrness, N. IL, July 31, 
1835. They reside at tlie old homestead, and 
have one of the finest residences in Sanborn- 

ton. Susan Evans, born April 22, 1838, died 
March 2, 1854; and George Sullivan Evans, 
born November i, 1840, died June 23, 1857. 
Ellen Frances Evans, the subject of this 
sketch, spends much of her time with her 
sisters in Boston and Sanbornton, and she also 
makes frequent visits to Mr. and Mrs. S. P. 
Thompson in Franklin. 

t^TAZEN B. MARTIN, a highly re- 
r^4 spected resident of L^ranklin and a 
-l^ \^_^ veteran of the Civil War, was born 
in Bradford, Vt. , March 17, 1834, son of Ben- 
jamin and Sally (Barker) Martin. Both par- 
ents, as well as the gran'dfather, Levi Barker, 
were natives of Bradford. The latter was a 
farmer and a cooper. Benjamin Martin died 
in 1S63, and his wife died in 1864. Of their 
twelve children, five died young. Those who 
lived to maturity were: Bailey, Benjamin 
Franklin, Alba G., the Rev. Albert LI., Lydia 
S., Catherine, and Hazeii B. Bailey wedded 
Mary Mclntire, and died at the age of thirty- 
six years. Benjamin Franklin lived in 
Athens, Ohio. The Rev. Albert II., who 
married for his first wife Abigail Pickett, of 
Bradford, Vt., and for his second Maria 
Leavitt, of Franklin, and died Jauuar}' 19, 
1895, had i)reached fifty-three years as a 
Christian minister. Lydia S. married Har- 
ran Wilmot, and both are now deceased. 
Catherine and her husband, John Mclntire, 
have also passed away. 

Hazen B. Martin was educated in the 
common schools, and resided at home until 
seventeen years old. He worked as a farm 
assistant until twenty-two, and tiicn went to 
Manchester, N.IL, wiiere lie later learned tiie 
moulder's trade. 

The seventh volunteer in Manchester, he 
enlisted on Ajjril 22, 1S61, in tlie Abbott's 



Guards, wliicli were mustered into llie Second 
New I lampsliire l\Cf^imcnt as Cnnipany I. 
Ilis active service in the Civil War l)c<;an in 
August of ilie same year, wlien lie marched 
with ilis regiment from Washington to tlic 
fiont. He paiticipatcd in the first battle of 
Hull Run, aiul was present at the liattles of 
Yorktown, Williamsburg, b'air Oaks, the 
seven days' fight, and Malvern Hill. In 
y\ugust, 1S62, he was taken prisoner and con- 
fined for six weeks in Libby Prison. After 
his release he was taken to Fortress Monroe, 
where he suffered a long illness. When re- 
stored to health, he was transferred to Annap- 
olis, Md. Later he went to Camp b'almouth; 
and in March, 1S63, he came home on a fur- 
lough. He was discharged in the following 
June at Concord on account of physical disa- 
bility. 'I'he illness contracted in the army 
continued with him for many months after. 
In 1865 he returned to Manchester, and later 
resumed his trade in Nashua. I'rom that cit)' 
he went to Bridgeport, Conn., where he 
worked as long as his health permitted. 
Then he obtained employment of a less ardu- 
ous nature upon a railroad. An accident laid 
him up for six months. In 1873 he settled in 
Franklin, ujion what is known as the Dimond 
farm.. Since then he has followed agriculture 
and peddled tinwaic upon the road. 

Mr. IVIartin has been three times married. 
His first marriage was made with Martha 
Tuttle, of Manchester. His second united 
him to Kate Dimond, of Franklin. His pres- 
ent wife was formerly Mrs. Carrie Hildreth 
Harvey. She was born in Bethlehem, N.H., 
April 21, 1847, daughter of Klias and Hannah 
(Nourse) Hiklreth, of whose seven children 
Sarah, Carrie, and Addie are living. Mrs. 
Martin's first husband was G. W. Wesley, of 
Bethlehem, N. H., who belonged to the third 
generation from Charles and John Wesley, the 

foundcns of Methodism. He died October 20, 
1867, leaving one son, George W. Mrs. Mar- 
tin's second husband was Uaniel Harvey, who 
died in 1880. By his first marriage Mr. Mar- 
tin has three children — Koscoc, IClla F., and 
Anion H. By his present union he has one 
daughter — Minnie May, ])orn July 29, 18S6. 
Politically, Mr. Martin is a Republican. He 
is a member of Granite Lodge, No. i, 
I. O. O. v., of Nashua; of the Pilgrim 
Fathers, the Good TemjiJars, and the grange; 
and he is a comrade of George F. Swett Post, 
No. 38, G. A. R., of Franklin. 

the Superintendent of the Concord 
Street Railway, was born in New- 
bury, \'t. , May 28, 1854, son of Charles and 
Ruth (I'^astman) Chamberlin. His father was 
a native (jf Newbury, and his mother was born 
in Haverhill, N.H. ; and he is a lineal descend- 
ant, on the maternal side, of Roger Eastman, 
the founder of the family in America. He 
attended the public schools of Newbury, \'t., 
and Haverhill, N.H., until he was fourteen 
years old. In 1869 he went to Union City, 
Ind., where he entered the employ of the 
Belle Fontaine_ Railroad Comjiany as a mes- 
senger boy, and rose to the position of tele- 
gra[)h o]icrator. In 1870 he took charge of 
the office in Anderson, Ind., and, after work- 
ing in a similar capacity for the company at 
various points along their line, he in 1S73 
came to Concord, and entered the train des- 
patcher's office of the Northern New Hamp- 
shire Railroad. In 1875 he was appointed 
station agent at P'isherville (now Penacook), 
and held that position until April, 1893, when 
he resigned in order to accept the superintend- 
ency of the Concord Street Railway. 

On November 23, 1875, Mr. Chamberlin 



wedded Mary E. Livongood, of Union City, 
Ind. She is now the mother of three chil- 
dren; namely, Myla, lyla, aiul Ruth Eliza- 
beth. In politics Mr. Chamberlin is a Re- 
publican. In 1892 he was elected a member 
of the Board of Aldermen from Ward One for 
two years, and in i8g6 he was elected member 
of the State legislature for two years. He is 
connected with Contoocook Lodge, No. 26, 
I. O. O. F., of I'enacook ; with Penacook En- 
campment, No. 3, of Concord ; and with J. S. 
Durgin Camp, No. 7, Sons of Veterans. As 
a railway official he has won the esteem and 
friendship of the general public, with whom 
he is very popular; and his efforts to improve 
tiie .street car scr\ice are heartily appreciated 
by all. 

-^KNJAMIN F. PORTER, a member 
of the Board of Selectmen of Plain- 
field, was born in this town, August 
28, 1852, son of Jabez and Eliza F. (Green) 
Porter. The Rev. Micah Porter, the father 
of Jabez, was a Congregational minister, who, 
after preaching in Connecticut, his native 
State, for some years, was called to Plainfield, 
where he ])asscd the rest of his life. He was 
also a cancer doctor. The maiden name of 
his wife was Elizabeth Gallup, and his chil- 
dren were: Isaac, Benjamin, William, John, 
Jabez, Martha, and Phoebe. The five sons 
.studied medicine, and four of them became 
l^ractitioncrs. Isaac located in Wisconsin, 
where he died; and his chikhen are residing 
there still. Benjamin, who was a physician 
in Northfield, Vt., is now deceased. William 
was studying medicine at the time of his 
death, which occurred when he was thirty 
years old. John settled in Du.xbury, Mass., 
where he resided for the rest of his life, and 
was one of the ])rominent physicians of Plym- 
outh County. He married Ann Thomas, and 

reared a family. Martha, who married a Mr. 
Walker and had two children, settled in a 
Western State. Phcebe died at about the age 
of twenty-nine. 

Jabez Porter, father of Benjamin I'., was 
born in Connecticut, December 22, 1796. 
He attended the Kimball Union Academy and 
also studied medicine. He settled upon a 
farm in Plainfield, where for many years he 
made a specialty of treating cancers, having a 
sanitarium in which to board and attend to his 
patients. In this connection he was known 
throughout the New England States as a suc- 
cessful specialist. He was a Republican in 
politics, and he served for a number of years 
in the capacity of Collector of Taxes. Jabez 
Porter died in August, 18S6. His wife, 
Eliza, was born in Cavendish, Vt., June 4, 
1 81 5, daughter of Isaac Green, of Plymouth, 
Vt., who was a prominent farmer of that local- 
ity. She bore him five children — Amos P., 
Jabez A., Benjamin F., Sophia E., and John. 
Amos P. died at the age of three years, and 
Jabez A. when twenty months old. Sophia 
E. , who, born August 24, 1854, died Decem- 
ber 2, 1887, was the wife of the late Harrison 
Jordan, a well-to do resident of Plainfield. 
John, born February 23, 1856, who completed 
his education at the Kimball Union Academy, 
and is now occujjying the old Porter home- 
stead in this town, married Annette Z. 
Rogers, daughter of Daniel Rogers, an indus- 
trious farmer of Ilartland, \^t., and has four 
children — George B., John D., l{dwin M., 
and Harland E. Mrs. Jabez Porter died Sep- 
tember 7, 1872. 

Benjamin !■". Porter acquired his education 
in a public schod] and in a pi'ivate school of 
his native town. He assisted upon the farm 
until the death of his father. After managing 
tiie property for some time in company with 
his brother John, he bought the Sjiencer farm, 


i;|()(;k M'liKAl, kl'.vil'AV 


where he now resides. lie was formerly 
engaged in raising cattle and sheep, but of late 
he gives his attention to horse-breeding. His 
energy and al)i]ity as a general farmer enable 
him to m.ake agriculture a most profitable 
einphiynient, and he ranks among the well- 
to-do residents of Plainfield. Politically, he 
acts with the Republican party; and for a 
nimiber of years he has served the town ably 
and faithfully as a member of the Board of 
Selectmen. He possesses the valuable rem- 
edies used by his father, and is frequently 
called upon to treat patients in this vicinity. 
Mr. Porter married for his first wife Eliza 
L. VVhittakcr, who was born in Plainfield, 
March 3, 1856. .She died October 21, 1.S77, 
leaving no children. His present wife, who 
was before marriage Jennie F. Spaulding, was 
born in this town January 26, 1867, daughter 
of .Alfred Spaulding. Mr. Porter is connected 
with the Patr(ins of Husbandry, and is a mem- 
lier of tiie Congregational cliurch. 

jIIARLlvS WINCH, a Justice of the 
Peace and a successful farmer of 
Langdon, is a native of Sullivan, 
Cheshire County. He was born November 
13, 1845, son of Thomas and Clarissa (Town) 
Winch. The family, which is of pjiglish 
origin, was founded by Samuel Winch, w-ho 
settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1670. Caleb, 
the great-grandfather of Charles, was born in 
Framingham, Mass., September 26, 1744. In 
1768, when he was married, he removed to 
Fitzwilliam, where he resided until his death 
in 1826. He was a man of means, influential 
in town affairs and active in church work. 
The maiden name of his wife was Mehitable 
Maynard. His son, John, born in Fitzwill- 
iam, March 10, 1778, was a prosperous farmer 
and took an acti\e interest in town affairs. 

John's wife, whose maiden name was Lucy 
Gary, born in Leominster, Mass., died Sep- 
tember 13, 185 I. John and Lucy Winch were 
the parents of ten children,' born as follows: 
Jeremiah, February 23, 1805; Lucy, Decem- 
ber 5, 1806; John, September 9, 1808; Suka, 
July 21, 1810; Caleb, April 19, 1812; 
Thomas, March 2, 1814; Esther, March 11, 
181 7; ]5et.sey, March 31, 1818; Nancy, Octo- 
ber 25, 1820; and Abbie A., September 2, 

Thomas Winch was born and educated in 
Sullivan. In 1855 he came to Langdon, and 
was there for a prolonged period, extensively 
engaged in general farming, cattle and sheep 
raising, besides being very active in town 
affairs. He was Selectman in Sullivan and 
Langdon, and Chairman of the Hoard in each 
place, a Justice of the Peace for ten years, 
and Representative to the State legislature in 
1861-62. His death occurred August 8, 
i8g6, in his eighty-third year. His wife, 
Clarissa Town Winch, who was born in 
Stoddard, N. II., October 28, 181 8, now lives 
in Marlow, N. H. Three sons and a daugh- 
ter were born of their union; namely, Charles, 
Thomas D., IClla M., and George. Thomas 
D. , born in Sullivan, October 10, 1847, com- 
pleted his education at Kimball Union Acad- 
emy of Meriden, N.H., and is now living in 
Peterboro, N. H., being a member of the large 
grocery firm of Winch & Field. He married 
Josephine Nichols, of Peterboro. Ella M., 
born in Sullivan, August 28, 1849, married 
George C. Friend, a successful farmer of 
Marlow. She died January 10, 1894, sur- 
\ivcd by her husband and one daughter, 
Blanche Ina P'riend. George, born in Lang- 
don, July II, 1857, attended the common 
schools of Langdon, and then prepared for col- 
lege at Kimball Union Academy and St. 
Johnsbury Academy of \'ermont. He then 



entered Dartmouth College, and was graduated 
therefrom thoroughly equipped for his chosen 
vocation of a teacher. He began teaching in 
Haverhill, N. H., after which he taught for a 
time in Fitchburg. On leaving the latter 
place, he became principal of the Varney 
School of Manchester, N. H., which position 
he has held for many years. He was married 
August 24, 1887, to Miss Emily Corinne 
1 [olden, daughter of Charles A. Holden, of 
Langdon, and has one child, Emily Josephine 

Charles Winch completed his education in 
Kimlxdl Union Academy of Meriden, N. H. 
Keturning home then, he assisted his father 
in the work of the farm for a time. Subse- 
quently he engaged in teaching school in 
Westford, Mass. ; but he finally returned to 
general farming, in which he has since been 
profitably engaged. His enterjirises include 
dairying and stock-raising, and he makes a 
specialty of thorough-bred cattle. 

On September 8, 1875, Mr. Winch married 
Miss Abbie L. Hubbard, who was born De- 
cember 5, 1S46, in Sullivan, daughter of 
George F. and Betsey Hubbard, of that place. 
They have five children, namely: Elton W., 
born January 7, 1S77; Walter T. , born June 
27,-1879; Clara A., born I'ebruary 14, iSSi; 
Bessie E., born May 24, 1883; and Helen L., 
born April 4, 1892. Elton and Walter are 
pupils of Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, 
Mass. ; and Clara and Bessie attend the gram- 
mar school of Marlow, N. H. 

The Republican party has no stancher su]i- 
jinrter than Mr. Winch. lie was suijcrintend- 
ent of schools for several years. He has 
served acceptably in the capacity of Select- 
man. He was Ta.x Collector for three years. 
In 1895 he was a Representative to the .State 
legislature, serving on the Committee on 
Agricultine. For one year he was a member 

of the School Board, and he is now serving as 
Town Auditor and Justice of the Peace. The 
only secret society he has connection with is 
the Order of the Golden Cross. An esteemed 
member of the Congregational church, he has 
been superintendent of the Sunday-school for 
seventeen years. 

OHN S. HUBBARD, a manufacturer of 
cigars and a wholesale and retail dealer 
in cigars and tobacco at Concord, 
N.H., was born in Greenville, N.H., Decem- 
ber 18, 1838, son of John and Mary (Ken- 
nedy) Hubbard. John Hubbard, his grand- 
father, born at New Ipswich, N. H., was a 
distinguished professor of mathematics at 
Dartmouth College for many years. He at- 
tained a good old age. The original progen- 
itor of the Hubbard family in America came 
from England and settled in Concord, Mass. 
The father, also a native of New Ipswich, was 
a graduate of Dartmouth College. For a [lor- 
tion of his life he taught school in Dartmouth, 
and always lived at the old homestead, which 
is still in the possession of the Hubbard fam- 
ily. His death occurred in i860. By his 
wife, Mary, he became the father of seven 
children, of whom Mary A., William E., 
Charles L. , and Louisa J. are deceased. The 
others are: George H., who resides at Man- 
chester, N. H. ; Harriet B. , who married Eu- 
gene C. Gardiner, of Springfield, Mass., and 
resides in that town; and John S., of this 

After receiving his education in the schools 
of New Ipswich, John S. Hubbard learned 
cigar-making at Manchester, where he re- 
mained until 1859. l'"or some time after that 
he followed the trade in vari(}us places. In 
May, 1861, he enlisted as a j^rivate in Com- 
pany K, Tenth Massachusetts Infantry, and 



suhsciiucnlly in the (^ivil War made a mnst 
creditable record. After the battle of Antie- 
tam he received a commission as Second 
Lieutenant in the Tenth New Hampshire Vol- 
unteers. After I'"redcricl<sburg he was pro- 
moted to the grade of First Lieutenant. Still 
another well -deserved promotion followed 
these honors, when lie was raised to the rank 
of a Captain and placed in cuniniand of a com- 
[xui)'. At Malvern Hill he received a slight 
wound. Drury's Bluff was the last battle in 
which he particiiiated. After leaving the 
army, he returned to business. In 1870 he 
went to Concord and began to manufacture 
cigars and deal in cigars by wholesale and 

Mr. Hubbard married Clara A. Gilman, 
daughter of William Gilman, of Concord. 
They have two chikhen — Grace L. and 
Helen ]•'. Mr. Hubbard is a Gold Democrat 
in his politics. He cast his first Presiden- 
tial vote for Abraham Lincoln. He is a mem- 
ber of the Cirand Army organization and a 
prominent Odd Fellow. In religion he affil- 
iates with the Unitarians. His fellow-towns- 
men esteem him as one of their foremost busi- 
ness men. 

cord, the treasurer of the Concord & 
Montreal Railroad, was born in Dor- 
chester, Mass., November iS, 1837, son of 
Nathaniel F. and Miriam (Couch) Webster, 
both natives of Salisbury, N. H. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Savannah, Ga. , 
and Concord, N. H., and comnleted his studies 
at the age of nineteen. His first employment 
for salary was that of book-keeper for Moure, 
Cilley & Co., hardware merchants of this city, 
with whom he remained for a year and a half. 
On March 14, 1.S57, he entered the employ of 
the Concoril Railroad Corjioration as cashier 

in the local freight office, where he continued 
until 1862, when he was promoted to the gen- 
eral freight office. On May i, 1865, he was 
made cashier of the road, a position that he 
subsequently filled for nearly twenty-five 
years. In September, 1889, he was appointed 
to his present office, that of treasurer of the 
Concord & Montreal Railroad. His long ex- 
perience in the financial department of a carry- 
ing corporation had previously qualified him 
for this position. He is now a well-known 
railroad financier. He is also interested in 
the Mechanics' National Hank, of which he is 
a Director, and in the Loan and Trust Savings 
Bank of Concord, of which he is a Trustee. 
Politically, he is a Republican. He repre- 
sented Concord in the legislature during the 
years 1889 and i8go, and was a member of the 
Board of Aldermen from Ward I*"our in 1895, 
1S96, 1897, and 1898. 

On June 18, 1856, Mr. Webster was united 
in marriage with Mary J. Cutting, of this city. 
She died in November, 1893, leaving four 
children, namely : Jennie Margaret, now the 
wife of Edward E. Brown, of Concord ; Clara 
Helen, the wife of Joseph S. Mathews, of this 
city; Jessie Marion; and Frances May. Mr. 
Webster was again married February 6, 1S97, 
to Miss Stella Hutchinson, of Manchester, 
N.H. A Mason of high standing, he is a 
member of Blazing Star Lodge, No. 11; of 
Trinity Chapter, No. 2, Royal Arch Masons; 
of Horace Chase Council, No. 4, Royal and 
Select Masters; of Mount Iloreb Commandery, 
Knights Templar; of Edward A. Raymond 
Consistory, of Nashua ; and of the Royal 
Order of Scotland. He has been the presid- 
ing officer of all of the Masonic bodies in 
Concord, and Grand Master, Grand High 
Priest, and Grand Commander of the State 
bodies. He is one of the few whose qualifica- 
tions enable them to reach the thirty-third 


degree, which was conferred upon him at Bos- 
ton, September 17, 1885, by the Supreme 
Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, 
for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the 
United States of America. Mr. Webster is a 
member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

J~>v ANIKL C. WESTGATE, a promi- 
— 1 nent resident of Plainfield and an 
^ ex-member of the New Hampshire 
legislature, was born in this town, June 4, 
1857, son of Earl and Sarah Chase (Cole) 
Westgate. His great-grandfather, John West- 
gate, who was the first ancestor of the family 
to settle in Plainfield, came here in 1778. 
John married Grace Church, of Tiverton, 
R.I., a descendant of Colonel Benjamin 
Church, who commanded the Colonial forces 
in the war against King Philip. They were 
the parents of eleven children; namely, 
Betsey, John, Eydia, tlarl, Priscilla, Mary, 
George, W'illiam, Joseph, Benjamin, and 
Hannah. P2arl Westgate, grandfather of 
Daniel C, accompanied his parents to this 
town, and spent the active period of his life 
upon the farm now occupied by his son. Earl 
Westgate (second). He married P^lizabeth 
Waite, daughter of Nathaniel and Annie 
(Svvectser) Waite, of Hubbardston, Mass., 
and was by her the father of si.v children; 
namely, I'llizabeth, John, Nathaniel W., 
Anna W. , George, and Earl. 

h:arl Westgate, Daniel C. Westgate's 
father, was born in Plainfield, December 17, 
1808. He assisted in carrying on the farm 
until his father's death, when he succeeded to 
the projjerty. By judicious management he 
obtained a good income from the estate. 
P'ailing health compelled him to retire Irom 
active labor some years since, and the farm is 
now managed by his son. In religious belief 

he is a Baptist, and he has been a Deacon of 
that church for fifty years. His first wife, in 
maidenhood Sarah Chase Cole, who was born 
in Plainfield, November 24, 1S15, daughter of 
Daniel and Martha (Johnson) Cole, died Janu- 
ary iS, 1876. The maiden name of his second 
wife was Abigail M. Camp, and she died four 
years after her marriage. I^arl Westgate had 
si.x children, all the offsjjring of his first 
union. They were: William H, born De- 
cember g, 1840; Martha E., born January 9, 
1842; Edith S., born June 29, 1846; Julia 
A., born August 8, 1848, who died November 
19, 1865; Mary E., born November i, 1854, 
who died February 29, 1864; and Daniel C, 
the subject of this sketch. William E., who 
attended school at Kimball Union Academy, 
has held some of the important town offices, 
and is now County Commissioner. He mar- 
ried Charlotte E. Bryant, of Cornish, N.H., 
and has two children — Earl and Martha P). 
The latter is now the wife of Pxlwin M. 
Quimby. Her aunt, Martha \l. Westgate, 
who attended the academy and was formerly 
a successful school teacher, is now the widow 
of Freeman Holt, late of Eyme, N.H., and 
presides over her father's household. ]{dith 
S. Westgate, who is the wife of Carlos D. 
Colby, a wealthy farmer of Plainfield, has had 
eight children, seven of whom are living. 
Daniel C. Westgate was educated in the 
schools of Plainfield and at New London, 
N. H. .Since tiien he has given his attention 
to general farming at, the homestead, and has 
had the entire charge of the farm since his 
father's retirement. He is one of the Repub- 
lican ])arty leaders in this locality, and has 
served the town ably and faithfully as Town 
Clerk and Treasurer. y\lso he was Select- 
man for si.x years, having been Chairman of the 
IJoard for two years of that time; and he repre- 
sented the town in the State legislature, where 

I!IO(;r.\i'iiical revikvv 

he served on the Committee on Appropriations, 
lie is at present Master of l^low-mc-down 

On June 13, 1.S7S, Mr. Westgatc was united 
in marriage with Clara J. Stone, who was born 
in riainfield, March 27, 1.S55, daughter of 
.Siijonioii Stone. She is now the mother of 
two daughters: Mary K., liorn November 27, 
1879; and ]5essie S. , l)orn Octoljer 15, 1S83. 
Mary E. atteniled Kimljall Union y\cademy, 
and is now a prominent scliool teaclicr in this 
town. 15essie S. is still attending school. 

llIARI.lCS F. ADAMS, the junior 
proprietor and business manager of the 
needle factory at Hill, was born at 
Ilill, October 2, 1857, youngest son of the 
late Harrison Achuns. The grandfather, Kus- 
sel Adams, a farmer by occupation, moved to 
Hill when it was New Chester. His wife, 
Susan Fifield Adams, had eight children. 
Of these Harrison Adams was one of the 
principal founders of the needle factory. 
Associated in business with Harrison were 
his two sons, P. C. Shaw and Stephen Wood- 

Charles F. Adams received his education in 
the district schools and in the Choate School 
of Boston. He then went into his father's 
factory, beginning at the bottom of the ladder. 
From this position he worked his way up 
through the various departments, and is to-day 
the manager of the business. It is claimed 
that the factory employs more men than any 
olhei' concern in town. Mr. Adams married 
Miss Henrietta 15. Murrill, a daughter of Har- 
rison and Olive Morrill. She is now the 
mother of three children — Heber, George E., 
and Carl, who form a [deasant family group. 
Like his father and brother, George H., Mr. 
Adams is a jMominent figure in social and re- 

ligious organizations and a prime mover in all 
affairs relating to the civil and administrative 
welfare of the town. He is a member of the 
present legislature, Selectman of the town, 
and Chairman of the School Hoard, as well as 
an active Odd Fellow. In politics a Rc|)ubli- 
can, he had the pleasure of casting his first 
Presidential vote in 1880 for General Garfield. 

SOSJCPH L. CALL, who was a leading 
resident of Franklin and dealt largely 
in cattle, was born in this town, Au- 
gust 31, 1840, son of Hazen H. and Mary 
(Thomas) Call. His father was a native of 
Franklin; and his mother was born in San- 
bornton, N. II. His parents' family comprised 
eight children. An account of his ancestry 
and immediate relatives will be found on an- 
other jiage in the biography of Dana W. Call. 
After attending the common schools for the 
usual jieriod, Joseph, at the age of seventeen, 
began to work as a farm assistant in this local- 
ity. When twenty years old, he engaged in 
the cattle business, which was thereafter his 
chief occuixition. He became one of the best 
known drovers in this ]3art of the State, l-'or 
many years he was an extensive buyer of 
cattle, sheej), and hogs, which he shipped to 
Brighton, Mass. He was unusually success- 
ful. Some years ago he settled at the home- 
stead. He owned about four hundred acres of 
land, and at the time of his decease he was 
one of the largest general farmers in Franklin. 
In October, 1861, he married Ann G. Sever- 
ance. She was born in Salisbury, N. H., De- 
cember 25, 1841, daughter of Stillnian and 
Martha (Lowell) Severance. Her parents re- 
sided in Salisbury until 1S50, when they 
moved to Franklin and settled on a farm in 
the northern part of the town. Stillnian Sev- 
erance died in 1862, and his wife in 1S81. 


Mr. and Mrs. Call had two children, namely: 
Cora Belle, born in 1862, who i.s now the wife 
of Frank \V. Foster, a prosperous farmer of 
Hill, N.H. ; and Katherine L., born Decem- 
ber 12, 1S65, who is now the wife of Arthur 
B. Simonds, an employee of the needle factory 
in Hill. Mrs. Simonds is an accomplished 
singer and teacher, and has sung in different 
church choirs in Concord and Nashua. She 
and her husband reside with her parents. Mr. 
Hall died June 16, 1897. 

Politically, Mr. Call always supported the 
Democratic party; but in i8g6 he voted for 
McKinley and the gold standard. He ren- 
dered valuable service to the town as a Select- 
man for two years. The family are connected 
with the grange in Hill. Both Mr. and 
Mrs. Call attended the Christian church. 

lYRON MOORE, the efficient Post- 
master of Concord, was born in this 
city, October 30, 1844, son of 
James and Nancy (Barr) Moore, both of whom 
were natives of Goffstown, N.H. He comes 
of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His earliest pro- 
genitor emigrated to America in 17 19, set- 
tling in Londonderry, N.H. He obtained his 
efiucation in the public schools of Concord, 
being graduated from the high school at the 
age of nineteen years. Then he obtained em- 
ployment in the stove foundry of William P. 
Ford & Co., with whom he remained for 
twenty years. During a part of the time he 
was associated in the firm of James Moore & 
Sons, successful hardware merchants of this 
city. In 1884 they sold out, and in the next 
year Mr. Moore was appointed money order 
clerk in the post-office, which position he 
held for about two years. In 1894 he was ap- 
pointed Postmaster by President Cleveland, 
and he entered upon the duties of the office on 

June \6 of the same year. This position he 
has since filled most acceptably. 

On October 19, 1876, Mr. Moore was mar- 
ried to Sarah E. Tucker, of this city. In 
politics he affiliates with the Democratic 
party. He has been connected with Masonic 
organizations for thirty years, being a mem- 
ber of Blazing Star Lodge, No. 3, Trinity 
Chapter, R. A. M. ; and of Mount Horeb Com- 
mandery, K. T. 

urer of the Kimball Union Academy, 
Meriden, was born in Plainfield, De- 
cember 22, 1 83 1, son of Samuel B. and Ruth 
(Ticknor) Duncan. His great-grandfather, 
James Duncan, born in 1724, resided in 
Haverhill, Mass. James married Elizabeth 
Bell, who was born December 25, 1725, and 
had a family of twelve children. Robert 
Duncan, the grandfather, was born in Haver- 
hill, May 21, 1760. When a young man he 
settled in Plainfield. He married Hannah 
Plmerson, a native of Haverhill, and became 
the father of four children — Samuel B., John 
Thaxter, Mary A., and Hannah — all natives 
of Plainfield. John Thaxter, who was born in 
1798, and followed a mercantile business in 
Vermont for a number of years, was afterward 
engaged in the manufacture of iron in New 
York State, and died in 1870. He married 
Fanny Dennison, and had a family of six chil- 
dren, four of whom are living. Mary A., 
born March 23, 1800, married John Bryant, of 
this town, who was associated with Squire 
Kimball in a mercantile business and the 
woollen manufacturing industry. She lived 
to be ninety-one years old, and two of her four 
children are living. Hannah, who was born 
in 1802, married Reuben True, one of the 
prosperous farmers and prominent residents of 



Plainficld in liis day; and she lived to the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-four years. She was the 
mother of four chihiren, one of whom is living. 
Sannicl 1!. Dinicaii, jjoni November 20, 
1795, was educated in the schools of I'lainfield 
and Haverhill, Mass. Soon after the comple- 
tion of his studies he volunteered to serve in 
the War of 181 2 as a substitute for his 
brother, who had been drafted. P'or thirty- 
five years he was a Trustee of the Kimball 
Union Academy, and he filled the position of 
Treasurer for twelve years. He died Decem- 
ber 22, 1869. His wife, Ruth, was born in 
Lebanon, N.H., in 1777, daui;htcr of John 
and Mabel (Green) Ticknor. She became the 
mother of three sons, namely: John T-, the 
subject of this sketch; Robert H., born No- 
vember 12, 1833; and Samuel A., born June 
19, 1836. Robert H. prepared for his col- 
legiate course at the Kimball Union Acad- 
emy, and was graduated from Dartmouth Col- 
lege, class of 1S57. He studied law at the 
I'oughkeepsie (N.Y.) Law School, and is now 
a prominent patent attorney in New York 
City. He married Abbie Vinning, daughter 
of Samuel Vinning, of Holbrook, Mass.; and 
she has had four children, three of whom are 
living. Samuel A. attended the Kimball 
Union Academy, and was graduated from 
Dartmouth with the class of 1858. After 
pursuing a course at the Columbia Law 
School, he was engaged in teaching at 
Quincy, Mass., for a time, and was for two 
years a tutor at Dartmouth College. In 1862 
he was commissioned Major of the Fourteenth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, was 
later appointed Colonel of the Fourth United 
States Colored Regiment, and retired from 
the service with the rank of Brevet Major- 
general. During the years 1867 and 1S68 he 
was special agent of the United States Treas- 
ury at Washington, wqs E.Naminer of Patents 

from 1S68 to 1870, and Commissioner of 
Patents from 1870 to 1872. Later he became 
associated with his brother, Robert H., in 
New York City, and died October 18, 1895. 
On December 25, 1867, he married Julia 
Jones, of Washington, N. IL; and she became 
the mother of five chihiren, three of whom are 
living. She is now residing in Knglewood, 
N.J. Mrs. Samuel B. Duncan was ninety- 
four years old, when she died in 1871. 

After graduating from the Kimball Union 
Academy in 1S52, John Ticknor Duncan im- 
mediately turned his attention to agriculture. 
He succeeded to the home farm, and has since 
carried it on with success. The property, 
which contains about fifty acres, is located in 
the village of Meriden, nearly op])osite the 
academy and adjoining Dexter Richard Hall, 
where many of the students board. In 1870 
he succeeded his father as Treasurer and Trus- 
tee of the academy. This institution has 
from one hundred and fifty to one hundred and 
seventy-five students in attendance. De.xter 
Richard Hall, a handsome three-story build- 
ing belonging to the academy, is used during 
the vacation season for summer boarders. Mr. 
Duncan has acted as a Justice of the Peace 
and Notary Public for the past twenty years. 
Politically, he supports the Republican party. 
He was a member of the New Hampshire 
Constitutional Convention of 1889. ■ 

(^Tr-NDREW J. MITCHELL, one of 
fcjj Lempster's well-to-do farmers and 
' * V_^ an e.x-member of the New Hamp- 
shire legislature, was born in Acworth, N.H., 
August 3, 1828, son of William L. and El- 
mira (Moore) Mitchell. He is a descendant 
of Thomas and Mary (Mitchell) Mitchell, who 
emigrated from Ireland, and located in Lon- 
donderry, N. H. William and Martha (Wal- 



lace) Mitchell, great-grandparents of Andrew 
J., settled upon a farm in Acworth in 1777. 
Jonathan Mitchell, grandfather of Andrew J., 
and a native of Acworth, spent the active 
period of his life engaged in agriculture. He 
married Nancy Mitchell, of Francestown, 
N.H., and his children were: William L. : 
James L. ; Nancy, who died in Acworth; 
and Jonathan T. 

William L. Mitchell, whose birth occurred 
in Acworth in 1804, was a lifelong resident of 
that town. He prosperously conducted a 
good farm, and was highly respected as an up- 
right man and a worthy citizen. He lived to 
be seventy-six years old. His wife, Elmira 
Moore, who was born in Lempster in 1807, 
became the mother of ten children, as follows: 
Andrew J., the subject of this sketch; Will- 
iam L. , who died in infancy; Elmira A., who 
died young; William L. (second), who mar- 
ried Jane Elliott, and is a farmer and milk 
dealer in Littleton, Mass.; Levi W., who 
married Harriet W. Brown, and is engaged in 
agriculture in Mason, N.H.; Alma A., who 
married Herbert L. Piper, of Acworth, and 
died in September, 1895; Abram, who 
wedded Frances Bailey, of Claremont, N. H., 
and is a prosperous farmer in Acworth: Jona- 
tha-n T. , who is also engaged in farming in 
that town; Nellie J., who did not reach ma- 
turity; and Clara L. , who married George 
Miller, neither of whom is living. Mrs. 
William L. Mitchell lived to be seventy-seven 
years old. She was a member of the Congre- 
gational church. 

Andrew J. Mitchell was reared in the com- 
mon schools, and grew to manhood in Ac- 
worth. He resided at home until he was 
twenty-seven years old, assisting in carrying 
on the farm and working to some extent at 
shocmaking. In 1858 he bought the Way 
farm in Lempster, where he now resides. 

Since then he has enlarged the property from 
one hundred and five to two hundred acres, 
and made various improvements upon the land 
and buildings. In addition to carrying on 
general farming, he raises some fine cattle, 
manufactures considerable maple sugar, and 
cares for a large orchard. In politics he is 
an active supporter of the Prohibition party. 
He has served as Selectman and upon the 
School Board. He ably represented this dis- 
trict in the legislature during the 3''ears 1876 
and 1877, and he has been a Justice of the 
Peace for some time. 

On April 21, 1S57, Mr. Mitchell was joined 
in marriage with Mary M. Whittemore. She 
was born in Wilton, N. H., September 28, 
1S27, daughter of Abram and Martha (Mar- 
shall) Whittemore, the former of whom was a 
native of Greenfield, and the latter of Tewks- 
bury, Mass. Abram Whittemore was exten- 
sively engaged in agricultural and mercantile 
pursuits. The erection of the first cotton- 
mill in New Hampshire was due to his energy 
and enterprise. Mrs. Mitchell's grandfather. 
Major Amos Whittemore, was in the Revolu- 
tionary War, and served at Bunker Hill. Mr. 
and Mrs. Mitchell -have three children; 
namely, Abraham W., M.D., Martha A., 
and Nellie J. Martha died young. Abraham 
W. was educated in Lempster, Newport, and 
Meriden, N. H. His medical studies were 
begun at the University of the State of Ver- 
mont in Burlington; and he was graduated 
from the New York College of Physicians and 
Surgeons in 1887, taking high rank in a class 
of one hundred and fifty-one students. He 
commenced the practice of his profession in 
Harrisville, N. H., where he remained about a 
year. Since then he has resided in lapping, 
N.IL, wdiich he now represents in the lower 
house of the State legislature. He married 
Harriett V. Perkins, daughter of Dr. Marshall 



Perkins, of Marlow, N.ll., and lias tlircc chil- 
dren — Avis W., Karl 1'., and Richard A. 
Nellie J. Mitchell is now the wife of lulward 
L. I'ikc, who is manager and superintendent 
of the colli storage buildings of the Provi- 
dence Freezing Company, Providence, R.I. 
Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Congrega- 
tional church; and he is connected with Cold 
River Grange, No. ig, Patrons of Husbandry, 
of Acvvorth. Mr. Mitchell has had a busy 
and useful life, and his industry has been at- 
tended with irood financial results. 

/^^TkORGE W. griffin, of Franklin 
\ pT I'alls village, the senior member of 
the firm G. W. Grififin & Co., and a 
native of Lisbon, N. H., was born April 2, 
1839, son of George and Alice (Clark) 
Griffin. George Griffin manufactured wool in 
Danville and Barnct, Vt., for several years. 
Afterward he returned to Manchester, the 
place of his birth, and opened a store. The 
latter part of his life was spent at York ]3each. 
Me. He was the proprietor of the Agamenti- 
cus Hotel there, and carried it on until the 
time of his death, which occurred in 1885, at 
the age of eighty-three years. He had six 
children, namely: William Henry, the eldest- 
born, who dietl in 1866; Almena J., who mar- 
ried Walter Bailey, a merchant of Lancaster, 
N.H. ; Clara A., who married Thomas 
Howard, a wheelwright of Manchester; 
George W., the subject of this sketch; 
Georgia A., George's twin sister, who died in 
1865; and Hebcr C, a mechanic, who mar- 
ried Ann McKiver, of Franklin, N.H. 

Mr. Griffin recci\ed his education in the 
common schools of the county. When twent}' 
years of age he engaged in the manufacture of 
needles with the Hon. Walter Aiken, remain- 
ing in that business until 1S80 In that year 

he and P. C. Hancock began the manufacture 
of saws, which he has since continued. The 
firm's product includes patent scroll and hack 
saws and fine jeweller's saws. On November 
7, i860, Mr. Griffin was united in marriage 
with Miss Addie M. Burgess, of Jay Bridge, 
Me., daughter of Nathaniel Burgess, a miller 
of that place. His children were: George 
A., who died at the age of seven months; 
Raliih B. and Ernest L., who are employed in 
their father's factory. Mr. Grififin is a Mason 
of Meridian Lodge, No. 60, of Franklin. In 
politics he is a stanch Republican, and he is 
now a member of the City Council. He is 
connected with the Baptist church at Frank- 
lin. He is much esteemed by friends, neigh- 
bors, and customers, and is spoken of as one 
of the successful men of the town. 

I:ANDER VV. COGSWELL, an influ- 
ential resident of Ilenniker and a na- 
tive of the town, was born Novem- 
ber 18, 1825, son of David and Hannah 
(Haskell) Cogswell. After receiving his 
education in the academies of Henniker and 
I'rancestown, he taught school for several 
terms. In 1849 ^^ went to California. Re- 
turning in 1854, he was engaged in a mercan- 
tile business in Ilenniker until July, 1861, 
when he was appointed route agent from Hills- 
borough Bridge to Manchester. 

On the 13th of August, 1862, he enlisted as 
a private in Company D, FHeventh New 
Hampshire Volunteers. September 4, 1862, 
he was commissioned Captain of the same 
company; and on August 20, 1S64, he was 
commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of his regi- 
ment. Following the fortunes of the regi- 
ment in the Ninth Army Corps, he partici- 
pated in its memorable battles, sieges, and 
marches. During the last campaign of the 



war he was for some months A. A. Inspector- 
general on the staff of Major-general S. G. 
Griffin, commanding the Second Brigade, Sec- 
ond Division of the Ninth Army Corps. 

In 1866, 1867, 1870, and 1871, Mr. Cogs- 
well represented his town in the legislature. 
In 1 87 1 and 1872 he was State Treasurer, and 
from 1876 to 1 88 1 he was one of the Savings 
Bank Commissioners. He was made a Justice 
of the Peace in 1876, and he has held several 
municipal offices. Besides giving much time 
and thought to public questions and to the 
discharge of his official duties, Mr. Cogswell 
has been an active member of various organi- 
zations. He was elected a member of the 
New Hampshire Historical Society, and he 
was President of the New Hampshire Anti- 
quarian Society. F"or many years he was 
Master of Aurora Lodge, No. 43, A. F. & 
A. M. ; and High Priest of Wood's Chapter, 
No. 14, Royal Arch Masons. Taking an 
earnest interest in educational matters, he was 
often Superintendent of Schools and a member 
of the School Board for several years under 
the town system. Mr. Cogswell has also done 
considerable literary work. He is master of 
a pleasing style, and is the author of the 
History of Henniker, N. H., a volume of 
se\^ral hundred pages; and of the History 
of the Eleventh New Hampshire Volunteers. 
In addition to these he has published several 
addresses delivered by him before various so- 
cieties. On the 17th of May, 1S53, Mr. 
Cogswell married Mary S. , daughter of Oliver 
and Anna. (Smith) -Pillsbury, since which 
event he has made his home in Henniker. 

P. & C. W. REDINGTON, man- 
ufacturers of carriage hubs at Roby's 
• Corner in Warner, have for several 
years continued a business wliich was first 

established in Wenham, Mass., by Adam Red- 
ington. Adam Redington, grandfather of 
Oliver Patch Redington, whose name occupies 
the place of senior partner in that of the firm, 
was for many years a manufacturer in Wen- 
ham. Afterward he removed to Sunapee, Sul- 
livan County, N. H., where he established a 
mill, and carried on his work until his death. 
He was succeeded in business by his son 
John. John transferred the business to Hop- 
kinton, and thence to a mill on the North 
Road in Sutton, where his son, Oliver P., 
assisted him and learned the business. 

Oliver P. Redington subsequently engaged 
in manufacturing in the town of Andover, this 
county, two years later locating at Roby's Cor- 
ner. He started a water-power factory on the 
Warner River, about three miles above Water- 
loo, where he continued the manufacture of 
wooden bowls, adding that of excelsior. Sub- 
sequently, after enlarging his premises, he 
began making hubs and clothes-pins on a very 
small scale. Within a few years he acquired 
such a large trade in hubs that he confined his 
attention entirely to their manufacture. For 
these he uses elm timber, cut in New Hamp- 
shire, made into blocks, and seasoned by a 
special process, a large stock being constantly 
kept on hand. Abbott, Downing & Co., of 
Concord, use the hubs exclusively. However, 
seventy-five per cent, of the factory's output is 
exported on orders received from Australia, 
South Africa, New Zealand, and other dis- 
tant places. During the last five years, in 
spite of the depressing financial condition of 
the country, the business has increased fifty 
per cent. 

Oliver P. Redington was a well-read and 
intelligent man, though not college-bred. 
Both he and his brotiicr, John S, Redington, 
were anxious for a college education; Imt Oli- 
ver, the elder, realizing that it would l:ic im- 




possible for both to leave home, relinquished 
his chance in favor of his brother. Oliver 
also assisted his brother pecuniarily, so that 
John was enabled to enter Dartmouth, of 
which he was a student when his death oc- 
curred, in the first flush of manhood, with most 
flattering prospects of a brilliant career before 
him. Subsequently by close attention to 
business Oliver acquired a competency. He 
was a man of positive opinions, clear and 
courageous in his convictions, and a valued 
member of the Republican party, which he 
joined on its formation, having previously 
been a Whig. He died May 3, 1891. 

Oliver V. liedington's first wife, whose 
maiden name was Betsey Morgan, died about 
five years before he did. Afterward he mar- 
ried her sister, Hannah Morgan. His chil- 
dren, all born of his first marriage, were: 
Mary Frances, who was educated at New Lon- 
don, N. H., and afterward taught school for 
some years in the States of Ohio, Illinois, and 
Pennsylvania, and is now the wife of Dr. 
Samuel J. Hayes, of I'ittsburg, Pa. ; Sarah, 
who was also for many years engaged in teach- 
ing, having been educated in the Simond's 
High School, and is now the wife of C. IC. 
Hadley, the Superintendent of the New Hamp- 
shire l'"ruit Company; Annie, who died un- 
married in 1877, aged twenty-si.x years; and 
Charles Walter. 

Charles Walter Redington attended I5ryant 
& Stratton's Commercial College at both 
Manchester and Concord, receiving a fine busi- 
ness education. The day that he attained his 
majority he was taken into partnership by his 
father, forming the firm O. P. & C. W. Red- 
ington. From his father he learned every 
detail of the business of which he is now the 
sole proprietor, having charge in later years 
of the outside work. On the well-improved 
farm, where he employs men to do the manual 

labor, he carries on general farming, making 
a specialty of a milk dairy. He is also inter- 
ested in the New Merrimack Glove Company 
and the New Hamp.shire ]'"ruit Company of 
Concord, each of which he serves as Director. 
In politics he is an earnest advocate of the 
principles of the Republican party, and 
usually attends all party conventions in this 
section of New luigland. On March 7, 1878, 
Mr. Redington married Miss Ida M. Blood, 
daughter of A. B. and Mary Kvelinc (Muzzey) 
Blood. She is a woman of culture, and for 
some years i)rior to her marriage taught school 
in this vicinity. Born in Newbury, N. M., 
she was educated in Bradford, where her jjar- 
ents resided many years. 

mayor of Concord, N. H., a man of 
strong character, sterling worth, 
and more than ordinary ability, is held in 
high esteem by his fellow-citizens. He was 
born in Canterbury, N. H., April 13, 1821, a 
son of Benjamin and Ruth (Ames) Kimball. 
The Kimballs have been domiciled in New 
Kngland for more than two hundred and sixty 
years, and have given to these States many 
intelligent and capable men and women. The 
first immigrants of the name, Henry and 
Richard Kimball, with their wives and chil- 
dren, fled from the religious persecutions of the 
Old World, and found freedom and prosperity 
in the new. Joseph Kimball, who was of the 
fifth generation in America, was the great- 
grandfather of John Kimball. He was born in 
Hxeter, N. H., and died in Canterbury. 

John Kimball was apprenticed at the age 
of seventeen to his father's cousin, William 
Moody Kimball, to learn the millwright's 
trade; and, as he had a natural gift for me- 
chanics, it was not long before he was a 


skilled and competent workman. He was 
employed as a millwright in Suncook and 
Manchester, N. H., and Lowell and Lawrence, 
Mass. In 1848 he took charge of the new 
machine and car shops of the Concord Rail- 
road in this city. In 1850 he was master 
mechanic; and he efficiently acted in that ca- 
pacity for eight years, turning his attention 
then from mechanical to other pursuits. In 
the railroad service his practical skill and 
sound judgment were in constant recjuisition, 
and his training and experience there were 
afterward used to good account in behalf of 
the city and State. Pie gradually became in- 
terested in various financial and political 
enterprises, and as his ability became recog- 
nized greater responsibilities devolved upon 
him. Tiiousands of dollars were intrusted to 
him as guardian, trustee, administrator, and 
executor, and never was a trust betrayed or 
slighted; and, to quote from a local paper, 
"as Treasurer of the New Hampshire Bible 
Society, the New Hampshire Orphans' Home, 
and various other such institutions, he has 
been trustworthy, painstaking, and just." 
i-\jr twenty-six years he has been Treasurer of 
the Merrimack County Savings Bank. He 
has been for a number of years a Director of 
the Mechanics National Bank; and he has 
filled the office of President of the Concord 
Gas Light Company, of which he is now 
Treasurer. In 1880, when the Manchester & 
Keene Railroad was placed in the hands of the 
court, the late Chief Justice Doe appointed 
Mr. Kimball one of the Trustees. 

Mr. Kimball's father and grandfather were 
stanch Whigs; and he has followed the family 
traditions, giving his lifelong allegiance to the 
Republican party. He was for twenty-seven 
years Treasurer of the Republican State Com- 
mittee. In 1856 he was elected to the Com- 
mon Council, of this city. In 1857 he was 

re-elected and chosen President of that body. 
In 185S he was sent to the House of Repre- 
sentatives from Ward Five, where he has al- 
ways made his home since he took up his resi- 
dence in this city; and he was re-elected in 
1859, and presided as Chairman of the Com- 
mittee on State Prison. I'rom 1859 to 1862 
he was City Marshal and Tax Collector of. 
Concord; and his administration was marked 
by "promptness, accuracy, and close devotion 
to the interests of the people. " In 1862 Pres- 
ident Lincoln appointed him Collector of In- 
ternal Revenue for the Second District of New 
Llampshire, comprising Merrimack and Hills- 
borough Counties; and during the seven years 
he held the office he collected and paid to the 
Treasurer of the Lhiited States nearly seven 
million dcdlars. Me was for eleven years 
Moderator of Ward Five, an impartial and 
clear-headed presiding officer; and for a num- 
ber of years he served acceptably as moderator 
of the Union School District. 

In 1872 through a popular movement he 
was elected Mayor of Concord. He was hon- 
ored with re-election in 1873, 187^, and 1875, 
annua] elections then being the law. Imme- 
diately after his installation as Mayor a severe 
freshet injured five of the seven wooden bridges 
over the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers. 
As superintendent of roads and bridges he 
repaired these structures in such a manner as 
to demonstrate his mechanical knowledge, re- 
placing the insecure bridges by substantial 
structures that defy the wear and tear of time 
and travel. During his administration tiie 
water sujiply system from Penacook Lake was 
completed; and he was afterward elected one 
of the Water Commissioners, and served for 
fourteen years as President of the Board. 
While he was Mayor, also, the fire dejiartment 
was invested with new dignity by the city 
government, the central fire station and other 

I!I()(;k.\|'|||(\i, kisViKW 


buildings of wliicli llicy aic justly pnuKl huing 
erected imdor the siipcivisidii of Mayor Kim- 
ball. I'lldssDiii llill Cemetery was doubled in 
si/.c, the main llioroiighfares of the city were 
graded and impioved, and stone culverts re- 
placed the primitive wooden ones which had 
served for years. 

In 1876 Mr. Kimball was elected a member 
of the convention to revise the Constitution of 
the State, and served as Chairman of its Com- 
mittee on ]""inance. In 1877 an ajiiiropriation 
was made by the legislature for a Jiew State 
Prison ; and upon the passage of the law, which 
was a carefully guarded one. Governor Benja- 
min !•'. I'rescott, with the advice of his coun- 
cil, appointed Mr. Kimball, Albert M. Shaw, 
and Alfred J. I'illsbury commissioners to carry 
the law into effect. Mr. Kimball was chosen 
chairman of the board. Under these com- 
missioners the present penitentiary was com- 
pleted in the fall of 1880, every dollar appro- 
priated being prudently and judiciously e.\- 
jiended. In November, 1880, Mr. Kimball 
was elected to the State Senate from the Tenth 
Senatorial District ; and when the Senate was 
organized, in June, 1881, he was chosen Presi- 
dent. In this honorable position he presided 
with wisdom, dignity, and courtesy. He was 
chairman of the committee that built the high 
school, and he has rendered such services to 
the cause of popular education that one of the 
handsomest modern school-houses in Concord 
has been named in his honor the Kimball 
School. Mr. Kimball was honored with the 
degree of Master of Arts by Dartmouth Col- 
lege in 1884. He is a Director of the Repub- 
lican Press Association of Concord. 

On May 27, 1846, he was married to Maria 
H. Phillips, of Rupert, Vt., who died Decem- 
ber 22, 1894. He has since married Miss 
Charlotte Atkinson, a lady of culture and re- 
finement. His only child, a daughter — Clara 

Maria, born March 20, 1848 — was married 
June 4, 1873, to Augu.stine R. Ayers, of tliis 
city, and has several children. 

In person Mr. Kimball is tall, erect, and 
reinarkably well-preserved for a man of 
scventy-si.x. He is a total abstainer, and his 
modes of life are regular. He is firm and 
decided, with strong confidence in his own 
judgment; frank and downright, always giving 
right the precedence of policy; somewhat bluff 
in manner, but never discourteous; open- 
hearted and free, kindly and sensitive. A 
careful reader, he is particularly fond of gene- 
alogical and historical research; and he speaks 
and writes with precision. Faithful in every 
relation of life, inihlic and domestic, he is 
valued and loved by all. Mr. Kimball has 
travelled abroad, and is one of the most cult- 
ured men of the day. In 1843 he joined the 
Congregational church at his old home in Hos- 
cawen, N. H. ; and for a great many years he has 
been a member of the South Congregational 
Church of Concord, contributing generously to 
its support. 


R. J. H. SANPORN, a retired 
physician of P'ranklin I'alls, was 
l)orn in Meredith, N.H., September 
23, iJ>Jc), son of John and Susan (Hubbard) 
Sanborn. His grandfather, Jeremiah San- 
born, ieinesented Sanbornton in the first legis- 
lature, that met in E.xeter in 1784. Highly 
prized by the family are a compass, a book on 
surveying, and a powder-horn that belonged to 
Jeremiah, all over one hundred and twenty- 
five years old. Another cherished relic is a 
pewter platter that has been handed down in 
the Hubbard family for two hundred and 
sixty-five years, since it was brought over from 

Dr. John Sanborn, the father of the sub- 
ject of this article, lived in Sanbornton until 


1 815. Then he moved to Meredith, N. H., 
and there practised medicine till his death, 
which occurred in 1S70. His wife died in 
1866. Of their four children the third died 
in infancy. The others were: Jesse Apple- 
ton, Susan Catherine, and J. H. Jesse was 
a physician at Plymouth, and is now deceased. 
Susan Catherine became the wife of Levi 
Leach, both of whom are also deceased. 

Dr. J. H. Sanborn, the subject of this 
sketch, received his early education in the 
common schools of Meredith and at Gilmanton 
Academy. Then he studied medicine with his 
father and brother, and later on with Dr. 
]-ienjamin R. Palmer, of Woodstock, Vt. , and 
the president of Vermont Medical College. 
At the end of the four years spent in this way 
he then went to Berkshire Medical College at 
Pittsfield, Mass., and remained there from 
1850 till 1852. He also attended the Medi- 
cal College at Woodstock, Vt. He received 
his medical certificate in November, 1852, 
and then began practice with his father in 
Meredith. In the following year he went to 
Alstead, and had been there three years when 
he returned to Meredith, and practised from 
1856 till September, 1862. He was then 
commissioned as Assistant Surgeon in the 
army, 'and continued in service up to July, 
1S64, when he was honorably discharged on 
account of physical disability. He returned 
to Meredith, and was there engaged in his 
profession until January 20, 1874, when he 
came to Franklin P"alls. Here he has re- 
mained since, having his ofiRce at his resi- 
dence. He is a comrade of George F. Swett 
Post, G. A. R., of F'ranklin P'alls; and he is 
a Royal Arch Mason, having membership in 
Meridian Lodge, No. 60, ¥. & A. M. He 
has always taken an active interest in politics, 
and has the remarkable record of never having 
missed an election. He has been a stanch 

Republican since he cast his first vote for 
l<"remont, and he is a member of the Congre- 
gational church at Meredith. 

The Doctor was married May 16, 1854, to 
Elizabeth H. Leach, daughter of the Rev. 
Giles Leach, a Congregational minister of 
Meredith. Born March 23, 1834, she died 
February 18, 1895. Four children came of 
this union; namely, Giles Leach, Hattie L., 
Susan Lillian, and Elizabeth Thompson. 
Giles Leach, born March 26, 1855, died in 
August, 1855. Hattie L., born June 21, 
1856, became the wife of Edgar A. Jones, who 
is employed in the counting-room at Aiken's 
Mill. They now reside with the Doctor. 
Susan Lillian, born in 1861, died in 1S72; 
and Elizabeth T. , born in 1S73, died January 
I7> 1887. ^^ 

T^HARLES A. NEWTON, a well- 
I St^ to do farmer of Unity and an ex- 
V»^_^ member of the State legislature, 
was born in Plainficld, July 2, 1854, son of 
General Charles L. and Mary M. (Gilman) 
Newton. His grandfather, Rufus Newton, 
was a native of Grafton, Mass., who settled 
upon a farm in Plainfield, and there resided 
for the rest of his life. Rufus married Polly 
Ryder, and reared a family of five children, 
who are all living. They are; Charles L., 
Rufus G. , Francis J., Adeline, and Ann. 

Charles L. Newton was born in Plainfield. 
When a young man he engaged in farming. 
He resided in his native town until 1859, 
when he moved to a farm in Unity; and the 
rest of his life was spent in this town. He 
was an able farmer and a citizen of more than 
ordinary worth and ability. He attained prom- 
inence in military affairs, and ranked as Major- 
general in the State militia. General Newton 
died January 21, 1865. His wife, Mary M. 
Gilman Newton, was born in Unity, daugh- 



ter (if Sewcll nnd Deborah (Comstock) Gil- 
man, natives respectively of Unity and New- 
port, \. H. Sewell Gilman, who was a pros- 
perous farmer, died June lo, 1S55; and his 
wife (lied January 26, 1S69. Their children 
were: Henrietta, Sylvester, Randolph, Mary 
M., and Henry. Of these the only survivor 
is Mary M., who resides with her son. She 
has had two children, namely: Annie 11., 
born May 2S, 1849, who died November 3, 
1S69; and Charles A., the subject of this 

Charles A. Newton, having begun his edu- 
cation in Unity, completed it by attending 
sthool in Meriden for two terms. His 
father's death, which occurred when Charles 
was about eleven years old, caused him to 
undertake the management of the farm while 
still }'oung; and his early experience has 
proved exceedingly beneficial to him. He 
now owns two hundred acres of fertile land, 
which he devotes to general farming and dairy- 
ing; and he keeps an average of fifteen cows. 
In politics he is a Democrat, and he is a lead- 
ing spirit in local affairs. He was a Select- 
man in 1SS7, Supervisor for a number of 
years, and represented this district in the 
legislature in 1S89 and 1890. He was Chair- 
man of the Board of Selectmen from 1891 to 
1897, and he has been Moderator at town 
meetings for the past six years. 

On February 17, 1SS6, Mr. Newton was 
united in marriage with Speedie A. Clough. 
She was born in Newport, February 17, 1865, 
daughter of Reuben M. and Sarah (Griffin) 
Clough. The father, who was a native of 
Unity, died in February, iSSS. Mrs. Clough, 
who was born in Newport, N. H., and is now 
residing in Unity, has had three children — 
Abbie, George G. , and Speedie A. The 
children of Mr. and Mrs. Newton are: Charles 
Stark, born April 19, 1SS7; Pcrlie A., born 

January 20, 1S94; and Annie A., born Febru- 
ary 22, 1896. Mr. Newton is an Odd Fellow 
of Sugar River Lodge, No. 55, and Stony 
Brook Encampment, of Newport ; and he is 
connected with Sunapce Mountain Grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry, of Goshen, of which he 
was Master in 1896. 


OKGK E. Sin:i'ARD, of Franklin 
i> I village, who is a prominent lum- 
berman of Merrimack County, was 
born March 28, 1S40, son of George and Abi- 
gail (Hill) Shepard. The grandfather was 
Ebenezer Shepard, a farmer and a lifelong 
resident of New London, N. H., where his son 
George was born. George Shepard became a 
farmer, and lived in Wilmot during forty 
years of his life.- He made his home at one 
time in New London, N. H., and later moved 
to East Andover. His wife, Abigail, was the 
widow of Edmund Chadwick and a daughter 
of Edward Hill, a carpenter of West New- 
bury, Mass. She died leaving three children. 
These^ were : Emery B. Chadwick, now de- 
ceased, born of her first marriage; Mary 
A. Shepard, born of her second marriage, 
April 18, 1834; and George E. , the sub- 
ject of this sketch. Mary became the wife of 
D. M. Hazen, a confectioner of Cambridge- 
port, Mass., and has six children — Frank, 
Katie A., Mary E. (deceased), George E., 
Willie W., andAbbie. 

George E. Shepard was well educated in the 
academies at Andover and New London. At 
the age of twenty he commenced to learn the 
spinner's trade in the woollen factory of John- 
son & Colby at Wilmot, N. H., and remained 
four years there. Then he bought an interest 
in the mill, when the firm name became 
Colby, Shepard & Co., who were manufact- 
urers of hosiery and full cloth. Six years 



later he sold his share, and bought of Richard 
Messer a sixth-interest in the scythe manu- 
factory at Scytheville, New London. He was 
stock buyer and salesman for about three 
years, when, again selling his interest, he re- 
turned to the woollen industry, removing 
with Mr. R. O. Messer to East Andover, with 
whom he manufactured hosiery for three years. 
Then he was engaged in the lumber business 
with his cousin, J. Eli Shepard, at New Lon- 
don for three years, after which he became the 
wood and tie agent of the Northern Railroad, 
later receiving the appointment of purchasing 
agent for the ]3oston & Lowell Railroad, with 
which company he continued for four years. 
After returning to East Andover, he was en- 
gaged in the lumber lousiness with several 
different parties until in 1892, when he went 
into partnership with Walter S. Carr and Mr. 
Neal. This firm has an office at Franklin. 
Mr. Shepard bought his present home, known 
as United States Senator Austin F. Pike 
Momestead, where he has lived since Novem- 
ber 25, 1893. He is the President and a 
Director of the Beecher Falls I'urniture Com- 
pany at Beecher Falls, Vt. In January, 1896, 
when the Mayo Knitting Machine and Needle 
Company was organized, Mr. Shepard became 
a meni1)er. He is a Director of this company, 
also of the First National Bank; and he is a 
Trustee of the Franklin Falls Savings Bank. 

Mr. Shepard has been twice married, on the 
first occasion to Miss Mary A. Johnson, of 
North Weare, N.LI. She died in October, 
1885, leaving no children. On January 11, 
1887, he contracted his second marriage with 
Carrie S. Scamans, of New London, daughter 
of Daniel S. and Frances Mary (Dodge) Sea- 
mans. Her mother died March ig, 1892; and 
her father now resides in New London. 
Their four children were: Frances Abbie, who 
died at the age of nineteen; Carrie S., now 

Mrs. Shepard ; Etta Pearson, who married 
Bradford J. Dunbar, a salesman residing in 
Maiden, Mass.; and John A., who married 
Kate McDonald, lives in New London, and 
has four children — Daniel D., George L., 
Agnes, and Frances Mary. Mr. Shepard is a 
stanch Republican. He is connected with the 
King Solomon Lodge, No. 14, F. & A. M. 
He is a Director of the Concord A.\le Com- 
pany in Concord, N. H. His many business 
interests have placed him among the leading 
men of I^'ranklin and Franklin Falls. 

^AMES E. RANDLETT, a well-knowfl 
architect of Concord, was born Septem- 
ber 5, 1846, in Quincy, Mass., son of 
James S. and Abbie O. (Chase) Randlett. 
The father, a native of Gilford, N.H., 
worked at his trade of stone cutter for a num- 
ber of years in the stone yards of Quincy. 
One of the largest and most important build- 
ings in whose construction he assisted, was 
the custom-house in Boston, Mass. He is 
now living retired in Concord, N.H. 

His wife, Abbie, who came from Biddc- 
ford. Me., has had three children, namely: 
Abbie A., who died in 1865; Henry K., who 
resides in New York City; and James ]{., the 
subject of this sketch. 

James E. Randlett, our subject, was edu- 
cated in the district schools of Quincy, Mass., 
and of Gilmanton, N.H., and from private 
tutors in the evening. Upon the breaking 
out of the war of the Rebellion, when only 
fifteen years of age, he enlisted as a drummer 
boy in Conijiany B, Twelfth Regiment of New 
Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. At the first 
opportunity that presented itself he forsook 
the drum for the musket, and participated in 
llie battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellors- 
ville. His term of service in the army 



covered tlircc years. On its expiratifjii he 
went to Lowell, Mass., and there learned the 
carpenter and cabinet-maker trades. These 
ho afterward followeil for some twenty years. 
Having subsequently returned to Concord, he 
was the first man to receive the appointment 
of letter-carrier when the United States free 
letter delivery service was established in that 
city. After holding that position for about 
four years, he resigned, and was appointed the 
keeper of the State House at Concord. This 
office he resigned after two years, to enter 
into partnership with Kdward Dow, the archi- 
tect. Since Mr. Dow's death in July, 1894, 
Mr. Randlett has continued the business 
alone. He has designed many [irominent and 
well-known structures, both public and pri- 
vate, among which are the main building of 
the New Hampshire Agricultural College at 
Durham, the town halls of Antrim and Ep- 
ping, and the Capital Fire Insurance Build- 
ing. Numerous business blocks in the towns 
of Newport and Exeter were also erected on 
his plans. He drew the plans, and built at 
his own expense a fine edifice, which was 
greatly needed, for the especial use of the 
Young Men's Christian Association of Con- 
cord, and which he still owns. He was Ad- 
jutant of the Third New Hampshire Regiment 
for five years. At one time he was the Assist- 
ant Inspector of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public, under General Cogswell. 

Mr. Randlett married Gcorgie Gray, of 
Concord, and has two children. His son, 
Clarence B. , who at onetime was Deputy Sec- 
retary of State of New Hampshire, and now 
resides at Council Bluffs, la., married l""lor- 
ence Langmaid, and has one cliild, William 
E. Mr. Randlett's daughter, Eli;^abeth M., 
who is unmarried, lives at home with her par- 
ents. In politics a Republican, he cast his 
first Presidential vote for General Grant in 

1868. He is a comrade of Sturdcvant Post, 
No. 2, G. A. R., of Concord ; and a member 
of the K. of V. and K. of 11. Mr. Randlett 
is highly esteemed both for his private char- 
acter and for the high rank he has taken in 
his i^rofessifjn. 

^OSi:i'H VVARRI'IN I'II-:RCE, a promi- 
nent resident of South Cornish, was 
born August 18, 1837, at Winchester, 
N.H., son of Hosea and Verlina (Putnam) 
Pierce. On the maternal side he traces his 
ancestry back to Israel Putnam, of Revolution- 
ary fame, and to General Joseph Warren, the 
hero of Bunker Hill. His grandfather, Elihu 
Pierce, born in Connecticut, married a Torrcy, 
and had three children. I-'lihu carried on a 
large farming business, and was very i)romi- 
nent in town affairs in New Salem, Mass., 
where, after being a resident for the greater 
part of his life, he died. He was Selectman 
and Overseer of the Poor for many years. His 
children were: Hosea, Alvira, and a daughter 
who became Mrs. Putnam. Alvira married 
Silas Spear, of Orange, Mass. Mrs. Putnam, 
who had three children, died at New Salem. 

Hosea Pierce, born in New Salem in 1801, 
was a physician, having graduated from a 
medical college at Pittsfield, Mass. He set- 
tled in Winchester, N.H., and practised there 
for about fifty years, acquiring, it is claimed, 
the largest practice of any physician in this 
section of the State. He was sent as Repre- 
sentative to the legislature from his district 
for two terms. By his wife, Verlina, he was 
the father of three children — George W., 
Elihu P., and Joseph W. George W., who is 
a physician, has succeeded to his brother's 
practice. He married Maria C. Follett, who 
had by him four children, all of whom are liv- 
ing. The other brother, Elihu, born at Win- 
chester, lives at Springfield, Mass., where he 



is a practising physician. He has been three 
times married. The first wife was Maria 
Baker Pierce, and his present wife is Emma 
Bulkird Pierce. Both brothers served in 
the Civil War. 

Joseph Warren Pierce was educated in the 
[lublic schools at Winchester and in Mount 
Cassar Academy at Swanzey, N. H. He after- 
ward studied dentistry, and began to practise 
it in the South, where he worked for two or 
three years. He then came North, and lo- 
cated in Winchester. One year after he went 
to the military school at Philadelphia, Pa., 
and from there into the army. He entered 
as Second Lieutenant of the Fifth Regiment 
of United States Infantry, and was in action 
at Fort Harrison and Deep Bottom, and was 
present at the surrender of Petersburg, at 
Bunkersville Point, Farnumville, and Ap- 
pomattox. After the war Mr. Pierce was en- 
gaged in a mercantile business for fourteen 
years at Claremont, and then bought a farm in 
Cornish. He married Mary Emmeline Fair- 
banks, of Winchester. His only child, 
Vcrlina Relief, who was born September 27, 
1872, married Clyde Rawson, of Cornish, the 
superintendent of mills at Springfield, Vt. 
Mr. Pierce never held a public office, notwith- 
standing the fact that he takes an earnest in- 
terest in all the public affairs of the town. 
He has, however, been President of the Re- 
publican Club for a number of years and one 
of the supervisors of the check list of the 

OHN C. WEBSTER, a leading resident 
of Danbury, was born in I'elham, 
N.H., February 24, 1833, son of John 
Webster and a descendant of the famous 
Webster family. The first Webster in this 
country came from Ipswich, luigland, and set- 
tled in Ipswich, Mass. John C. belongs to 

the eighth generation in America. The pa- 
ternal grandfather, Ebenezer, went when a 
young man to Pelham from Haverhill, Mass., 
antl there cleared and settled on a farm given 
him by his father. Ebenezer married Eliza- 
beth Bradford. 

John Webster, also a native of Pelham, was 
a farmer, and lived for many years on the 
homestead cleared by P^benezer. He subse- 
ciuently sold his place at Pelham, and re- 
moved to Hudson, where he died in his 
ninety-second year. His wife, Hannah Cum- 
mings Webster, had thirteen children, all 
born on the homestead except the youngest. 
Eleven of these reached maturity ; namely, 
Elizabeth, Moses, Sally, Lovice, Lucy, Kim- 
ball, Hannah, John C. , Nathan, Willard, and 
Orrin. The survivors besides John C. are: 
Elizabeth, who resides in Hudson, the widow 
of Warren Blodgett ; Sally, who is the widow 
of Simeon Titcomb, and has three children — 
Albert, Charles, and Nellie; Lovice, who is 
Mrs. John Baker, of Hudson, and has three 
children — John P., Willis, and Nettie R. ; 
Lucy, who is the mother of five children and 
the wife of Daniel B. .Cluff, of Haverhill, 
Mass. ; and Kimball, who is married and has 
five daughters. 

John C. Webster, the eighth child of his 
parents, received his early training in the 
public schools. Later he studied at Hudson 
Academy. He then engaged in the shoe busi- 
ness for about five years, and afterward lived 
in Boston, where he carried on a business in 
periodicals. Returning afterward to New 
Hampshire, he opened a general merchandise 
store at Andover. In 1863 he came to Dan- 
bury, wliere he has since lived. 

Mr. Webster has been twice married. The 
first Mrs. Webster, whose maiden name was 
Miss Hannah C. Keniston, had one son, P'rank 
K. The name of his present wife before her 

liI()(;kAl'lll(AI- kKVIKW 


mariiajjc was Addic L. Currier. Mr. and 
Mrs. Webster have a daughter by adoption, 
Gertie Jk'll. Mr. Webster has always taken 
an active part in civil affairs. In 1890-91 he 
was Sheriff of the county. A re-elect if)n to 
the office was lost by only one vote. Me has 
served in the more important town offices, hav- 
ing been Town Clerk for seventeen years and 
Selectman for ten years. In 1870-71 he was 
a member of the legislature. In politics he 
has always been a Democrat, and his first 
Presidential vote was cast for James Buchanan 
in 1856. He is an esteemed member of the 
Masonic order. 

cord, who for the past thirteen years 
has been Judge of Probate for Merri- 
mack County, was born in Concord, August 
28, 1851, son of George H. PI. and Sarah F. 
(Chickering) Silsby. He is a direct descend- 
ant of Henry Silsby, who emigrated from 
England about the year 1630, and settled in 
Salem, Mass. Captain Henry Silsby, great- 
grandfather of Arthur W., was an early settler 
in Acworth, N.H. He served as a soldier in 
the Revolutionary War, and was a member of 
the Committee of Public Safety. His son, 
Ozias, Judge Silsby's grandfather, was a Con- 
gregational preacher. 

George H. H. Silsby, the father of Judge 
Silsby, born in Hillsborough, came to reside in 
Concord when he was fifteen years old. He 
was a stationer, printer, and bnokbinder, and 
followed that bu.siness during the active period 
of his life. PI is wife, Sarah, who was born 
in IJanvers, Mass., descended from Revolu- 
tionary patriots. Her grandfather, John 
Chickering, participated in the battle of 
Bunker Hill. 

■ .Arthur Wilson Silsby acquired his educa- 
tion in the iiublic and hiq-h schools of Con- 

cord. I Ic also took a short course at the well- 
known Phillips Academy in Kxetcr, N.H., 
and fitted for college. He commenced the 
study of law with the firm of Minot, Tappan & 
Mugridge, of Concord. Later, after complet- 
ing his preparations with Mr. Mugridge, he 
was admitted to the Merrimack County bar in 
August, 1877. Thereupon he entered into 
practice, remaining in the office with Mr. 
Mugridge until his death, which took place in 
April, 1884. On September 14, 1883, he 
was appointed Judge of Probate; and he h^s 
since presided over that court with ability, 
and gives general satisfaction. His deci- 
sions have been marked by an earnest desire 
to accord justice in all cases coming before 
him, and he has shown that he is eminently 
qualified for this responsible office. Judge 
Silsby is unmarried. In politics he supports 
the Republican party. He is a member of 
the Sons of the Revolution. 

/STkorge barstow walki-:r, a 

V f5 I leading resident of Cornish, comes 
of a family whose representatives 
have been distinguished for manly Christian 
character ant! pure lives. His grandfather, 
Peter Walker, lived and died in Cornish, and 
was one of the prominent farmers of this 
section. Peter had four children — Joseph, 
Moses, Cyrus, and Eathan — none of whom 
are now living. 

Moses Walker, the father of George B., was 
born in Cornish in 1812. He was educated 
in the town schools, and began his working 
life as a farmer. Later he did a large busi- 
ness, and became very prosperous. Besides 
doing more or less general farming, he raised 
high-bred cattle and horses. Throughout 
his life he was prominently identified with 
the Democratic party, and he was several 

1 >'^ 


times a candidate for Selectman on the Demo- 
cratic ticket. He was twice married. His 
first wife, whose maiden name was Martha 
Davis, bore him one child, Henry Warner 
Walker, who was born in 1831, and resides in 
Conish, engaged in farming. The second 
wife, christened Betsy Bugbee, was the 
mother of seven children; namely, George B., 
Eliza Ann, ilartin L. and I.ouis N. (twins), 
Melvin Alanson, Maria, and Luella. Eliza 
married Hiram York, resides with her hus- 
band at South Cornish, and has two children 
— Elmer E. and Ida. Mr. York is one of the 
leading farmers of the town. Martin I.. 
Walker, who is a prosperous farmer of Cor- 
nish and a Deacon of the Congregational 
church, married Lizzie Bailey, and has twelve 
children. Louis Walker, a gunsmith by trade 
and the owner of considerable property, mar- 
ried Kate Sawtelle, and resides in Ilion, N.Y. 
Retaining the fondness for tlowers that char- 
acterized him when a boy. he has built a fine 
large hot-house, to which he devotes consider- 
able time. He is and always has been a 
stanch Democrat. Melvin Walker married 
Lydia Cole, and has one daughter, Fannie. 
He is likewise a Democrat, and is a sturdy, 
enterprising fanner. ALaria is the wife of 
Henry Fairbanks, and lives in Claremont. 
this State. Luella is now the widow of East- 
man Bean, and resides in Claremont with her 

George B, Walker was born in Cornish, 
August 29. 1841. He received his early edu- 
cation in the schools of his nati\'e town. 
Upon startiiii, aself, he became a 

farmer and carpcnier. lie has always been a 
busy Juan: and, though a loyal Democrat and 
deeply interested in the affairs of the town, 
his many business interests have preventeil 
him from taking any very active part in poli- 
tics. His character as a citizen is irrepro,ach- 

able, and he has many w-arm friends. Mr. 
Walker married Lorette Jackson, of Cornish, 
daughter of Newton and Ellen (Chapman) 
Jackson ; and two sons have bles.sed the mar- 
riage. The elder son, John Jackson, was 
born in Cornish, September 14, 1S71, and 
died May 2^, 1S88. He was in every respect 
a most promising young man, and his charac- 
ter from childhood showed the effects of his 
early Christian training. At the time of his 
death he was a member of the Christian En- 
deavor Society and the Church Temperance 
Society connected with the church in which 
he had been brought up. He was soon to 
have united with the church. The younger 
son. Homer Xewton, born October ii, 1S78, 
lives at home, and is the object of tenderest 
affection of his parents. He w^orks in the 
saw'-mill, and is ambitious and enterprising. 
Mrs. Walker, like her husband, is a member 
of the Congregational church, and an active 
worker in its benevolent and au.xiliary so- 
cieties. Her mother is still living, and is 
now Mrs. Jacob Beal. 

KXjAMIX F. GALE, who was for 
^ , man)' years a prominent citizen of 
Concord, was bom May 13, 1S19. 
His gr.uuifather, Daniel Gale, a son of Cap- 
tain Benjamin Gale, was a native of Haver- 
hill, Mass. A blacksmith by trade, Daniel 
came at the age of twenty to Concord, and 
here married Ruth Carter, a daughter of Dr. 
Ezra Carter, the first physician of Concord. 
The father, Benjamin Gale, kept a tavern at 
the corner of Warren and Main Streets in 
Concord for forty years. This was in the 
daj-s of the old stage-coach, before the rail- 
road was built; and the greater part of the 
travellers of that time stopped with Landlord 
Gale. He had an extensive acquaintance. 



aiul was a favorite with all classes of people 
on account of his geniality and kindly cour- 
tesy. He moved at last to a house on Pleasant 
Street, where he died at the age of eighty- 
seven years, leaving the reputation of a be- 
nevolent man. His wife. Prudence, was a 
daughter of James Varnum, a soldier who 
served seven years in the War of Indepen- 
dence, and a comrade of ex-Governor Pierce, 
of this State. 15enjamin and Prudence Gale 
reared six children — James \'., Ruth C, 
lileanor V., John V., Henjamin F., and Levi 
\i. The only one of these now living is 
Eleanor, who resides in the West, nearly 
ninety j'cars of age. The father died August 
II, 1856. 

Benjamin F. Gale received his education 
from the district schools and in tlie academies 
at Francestown and Hopkinton. Later on he 
taught school in Francestown Academy. At 
the age of twenty-one years he was a surveyor, 
and went to the West in order to secure em- 
ployment in the government land surveys. 
Here, however, he was taken sick of fever, 
and was obliged to return home. He then 
bought the Kemp pasture, a stretch of fifty 
acres, all being good house lots. Afterward 
for a number of years he was engaged in the 
nui;sery business, and was prominent in town 
affairs. Respected for his integrity and good 
judgment, his fellow-townsmen chose him to 
fill important town offices. For four 3'ears he 
was City Marshal. In 1S63 and 1S64 he was 
Mayor of the city, and for several terms he 
was its Representative in the State legis- 
lature. In politics Mr. Gale was one of the 
Republican leaders in this section. He was 
Orthodox in religious belief and a constant 
attendant of the Congregational church. 

In June, 1S46, Mr. Gale was united in 
marriage with Julia L. Morse, daughter of 
Mark and Rebecca (Campbell) Morse. Mrs. 

Morse is a relation of S. F. M. Morse, the in- 
ventor of the telegraph, and of Pllijah Morse, 
of Canton, the ex-Congressman and philan- 
thropist. She belongs to the seventh genera- 
tion descended from Samuel Morse, who was 
the progenitor of the race in this countrv. and 
is buried at Medfield, Mass. 

I Ji of a fine farm in Concord, comes of 

V,^-^ ancestors who were among the earli- 
est settlers of the town. He was born upon 
the patrimonial estate, December 30, 183S, 
son of Benjamin and Emily (Farnum) Far- 
num. According to New England records 
the first bearer of the name in this country 
was Ralph Farnum, who came from Wales; 
while the first representative of the family in 
Concord was Benjamin, the great-grandfather 
of Charles H. Ephraim Farnum, the grand- 
father, who was born in West Concord on the 
estates of his ancestors, reclaimed from the 
wilderness a large tract of land, which he left 
to his heirs, a large and well-improved prop- 
erty. He died at the age of sixty-five years. 
He married Sarah Brown, of Plymouth, N.H., 
who bore him six chililren — Joseph, Nancy, 
Benjamin, Susan D. , Lydia, and Luther. 
Luther, who died March 15, 1S97, at the ad- 
vanced age of eighty -one years, was the noted 
Professor Farnimi, who had been connected 
with the Public Library of Boston, Mass., for 
more than forty years. 

Benjamin Farnum, Jr., was born on the 
family estate in West Concord, and received 
his education in the district schools of his na- 
tive town. At his father's decease he in- 
herited the farm, and took up and continued 
its cultivation and improvement from the stage 
where his father had dropped it. In the year 
1845 he erected a fine set of new buildings. 



which are still standing. He was regarded 
by his generation as an able and progressive 
man, and he carried on an extensive business 
in farming. For more than forty years he 
was a Deacon in the First Concord Congrega- 
tional Church, and he attained the advanced 
age of eighty-seven years and seven months. 
He married Emily Farnum, daughter of Moses 
and Rhoda (Carter) Farnum, and reared a 
family of six children. These were : George, 
who died at the age of fifteen years; Rhoda, 
who died at the age of twenty years; Charles 
H., the subject of this sketch; Cyrus R., who 
lives in Concord; Lewis C, a resident of Mc- 
Gregor, la., who married Jennie Tiffany, and 
has one daughter, Emily F. ; and George E., 
a farmer, living in Spencer, la., who married 
Josephine Jacobs, and has four children — 
Roswell, Eugenia F., Annie E., and Mattie B. 

Charles H. Farnum received his education 
in the public and private schools of Concord 
and at Colby Academy of New London, N.H. 
At the age of twenty-two years he went to 
California, where he remained three and a half 
years engaged in the teaming business. In 
1863 he went to Nevada, and was there some 
five years, teaming, lumbering, and running a 
saw-mill. It was his purpose to remain 
longer; but, on paying a visit to his home, he 
yielded to the earnest solicitation of his 
mother, and took up his residence again on 
the homestead estate, where he still lives. 

On November 29, 1870, which is memo- 
rable as the day on which the old Concord 
church was destroyed by fire, Mr. Farnum was 
united in marriage to Annie L. l'"arnum, the 
daughter of Moses H. and Judilii (Kilburn) 
Farnum. Mrs. Farnum's grandfather, Enoch 
Kilburn, served as a soldier in the Revolu- 
tionary War. Her only child died in infancy. 
Mr. Farnum is a Republican in his politics, 
and he cast his first Presiilential vote for 

Abraham Lincoln in 1S60. He enjoys the 
esteem and good will of his fellow-citizens, 
who at one time selected him to represent 
them in their City Council. 

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DWARD BRYANT, a prominent resi- 
dent of Cornish, was born in this town, 
P'ebruary 7, 1837, son of Daniel and 
Cloe (Hildreth) Bryant. His grandfather, 
Israel Bryant, born in Connecticut, came to 
Cornish when a young man. Israel and his 
wife were the parents of nine children. Of 
these Daniel, a native of Cornish, born in 
1815, was educated in the public schools of 
his native town. After completing his educa- 
tion he engaged in farming. Subsequently 
for many years he was foreman of the stock 
farm of Ebenezer Pike, having charge of the 
best blooded cattle in the country. His repu- 
tation was that of a man who thoroughly 
understood how to secure the finest results 
from the breeding and raising of fine-blooded 
animals. Devoted to his home, he did not 
aspire to political distinction. His religiolis 
views were liberal, and he was a regular at- 
tendant at the Universalist church. On the 
first day of May, 1834, he married Cloe, 
daughter of Samuel Hildreth, of Cornish. 
They had four children — George, Edward, 
Charles, and Charlotte. George, born Janu- 
ary 22, 1836, died in infancy; Charles, born 
October 3, 1838, died between the ages of 
three and four years ; Charlotte, born in Cor-, 
nish, was educated in the public schools of the 
town, at Kimball Union Academy, and at 
Windsor, Vt. Siie married William K. West- 
gate, and has two children — Earl and Martha, 
both of whom are married. 

Edward Bryant obtained his education in 
the pul)lic schools of Iiis native town and at 
the Claremont Academy. He tiien went to 


Iil()(;i< AI'IIIC \l, KI'IVIKW 


work on tlu' larin willi liis fallicr. Upon llic 
ilcath of the latter he succeetled to the man- 
agement of the ])r()[)erty, which lias lieen in 
his charge ever since. Like his father, he 
prefers the cpiiet of iiis own fireside to the 
turmoil of public life. lleattentls and sup- 
ports the Lfniversalist church; is a Mason of 
Cheshire Lodge, No. 23 ; and was for a time a 
member of the grange. Mr. Bryant married 
Miss Julia Helen Gilkey, of I'lainficld, daugh- 
ter of James Gilkey. ]5orn August 5, 1S42, 
she died November 6, iScS'q. Her four chil- 
dren were: James D., Julia Janettc, Charles 
li., antl John G. James, the eldest son, born 
March i, 1861, has always assisted his father 
on the farm. Julia, born March i, 1872, is 
housekeeping for her father. Charles, born 
April 21, 1873, who was educated at Cornish 
and Windsor, went into the hotel business as 
clerk, and has been connected with the Wind- 
sor House at Windsor and with hotels in 
Claremont and Lowell. John, born March 4, 
1875, after leaving school, learned the jew- 
eller's business, but was subsequently obliged 
to give it up. He is now in the hotel busi- 
ness in Massachusetts. 

/^2)aWN E. GORRELL, a farmer and 
V 1^ I well-known Republican of North- 
field, was born May 16, 1S57, son of 
Clough and Sarah (P^orrest) Gorrell, both na- 
tives of Northfield. The grandfather, Gawn 
A. Gorrell, a native of Salem, Mass., was the 
first of the family to come to Northfield. He 
settled on a farm near the home now occupied 
by his grandson, and resided there until his 

Clough Gorrell was also a farmer. When 
quite a young man he settled on the Thomas 
Clough farm, where his son now lives, and 
lived there for the remainder of his life. He 

died May 20, 1890, at the age of eighty ycar.s. 
His wife's death occurred December ig, 1888, 
at the age of seventy-four. She was horn -Sep- 
tember 8, 1 8 14, daughter of William and 
Nancy (IJearborn) h'orrest, and the fourth of 
the nine children born to her parents. She 
joined the Methodist Episcopal church, now 
of Tilton, and was subsequently a steadfast 
member for fifty-six years. A woman of 
energy and character, she was a faithful wife 
and one of the kindest of mothers. The two 
children born to them both grew to maturity. 
Addie, the elder, married Thomas W. Long, 
and since his decease she has lived on the 
Long homestead in Northfield. She had one 
child, Marcia E., who died at the age of seven 

After finishing the course of the Northfield 
public schools, Gawn E. Gorrell studied at 
Tilton Seminary, teaching at the same time 
in the. district schools. On the death of his 
father he assumed charge of the homestead 
farm, where he has since devoted himself to 
farming. He owns one hundred and fifty 
acres of land, and he has supplemented the 
improvements begun by his father with new 
and substantial buildings. Besides carrying 
on general farming with success, he keeps a 
profitable dairy. 

Earnestly interested in the general welfare 
of his native town, and taking an active part 
in politics, Mr. Gorrell has served in some 
town ofifices. He was Selectman in 1881-82, 
1883-84, and 1891-92. He was a member of 
the School Board from 1S91 to 1S97, and he 
is also a Trustee of the Ionia Savings Bank of 
Tilton. An Odd Eellow in good standing, 
he is a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 65, of 
Tilton, and of Tilton Encampment. He is 
also a member of Friendship Grange, No. no, 
of Northfield, and a regular attendant of all 
the meetings of that organization. He attends 



the Congregational church; while his sister, 
Mrs. Long, is a member of the Methodist 
church. It is needless to say that the subject 
of this sketch is a popular man, both in the 
town and in the county. 

Erastus H. and Ai J. Bartlett, are 
the proprietors of the Excelsior Mills 
at Warner. The plant was first established 
by these gentlemen in 1872 as a pail, butter 
tub, and sap bucket factory. The original 
mill was destroyed by fire in 1S73, entailing a 
loss of three hundred and fifty dollars beyond 
their entire assets, a grievous blow to the two 
young men just started in business. Nothing 
daunted, however, they commenced again on 
borrowed money. This time they engaged in 
the manufacture of e.xcelsior for mattresses and 
furniture, in which they have since built up 
an extensive and lucrative business. 

In making excelsior the firm uses poplar 
wood, which is obtained anywhere within a 
radius of from twenty to forty miles from the 
village, and costs five dollars a cord. They 
began on a modest scale, their output at the 
start being but fifteen hundred pounds of ex- 
■'celsior a day. Now they manufacture five tons 
in the same length of time, or about fourteen 
hundred tons annually. The water-power has 
been used for at least threescore years, there 
having formerly been a wheelwright's shop 
here. In 1893 the present mill was erected. 
One of the finest in New England, it cost, 
with its equi])ments and motlern machinery, 
about eight thousand dollars. Two other 
excelsior-mills that stood near by when this 
one was started have since passed out of exist- 
ence. The Messrs. J5artlctt are both men of 
good business ability, energetic anil progres- 
sive, strictly honest and upright in all their 

transactions, and very pleasant people to deal 
with. They employ nine hands in their work, 
and are themselves busily employed all the 
time. They have also invested in Contoocook 
valley property, being interested in several 
houses in this vicinity, preferring to have 
their wealth where they can look after it them- 

The Bartlett family was first represented in 
New Hampshire by three families, who came 
from Massachusetts to the town of Deering, 
Hillsborough County, soon after the Revolu- 
tion, making settlements on three different 
hills. Parker Bartlett, a son of Stephen Bart- 
lett, was the father of the Bartlett brothers. 
He spent the larger part of his life in Deering. 
Later in life he came to the village of Warner, 
where his death occurred in i S96, at the 
venerable age of eighty-four years. He mar- 
ried Miss Eleanor Bartlett, a daughter of 
Daniel Bartlett, of Deering: and she survive^, 
making her home in Warner. 

On October 27, 1855, Erastus H. Bartlett 
married Miss Jennie E. Orne, of New Boston, 
which was also his birthplace. They have 
one child, Mary Ellen. He is a Republican 
in politics, and takes an active part in local 
affairs, having served several years as Super- 
visor. He is very prominent in Masonic 
circles, belonging to Harris Lodge. He was 
made a Mason in St. Peter's Lodge at Brad- 
ford, this State, and for thirteen years held 
one of the most important offices in that organ- 
ization, working in harmony with Colonel 
Mason W. Tappan. St. Peter's, which is an 
old and noted lodge, was visited in 1824 by 
General Lafayette. 

Ai J. Bartlett was born, reared, and edu- 
cated in New Boston. He married P"ebruary 
4, 1880, Miss Allic Jones, of Welister, N.II., 
and now has three children — l^'red Ai, Palmer, 
and Mildred Imogene. Ai J. Bartlett is a 



stanch I'rohihitioiiisl .'md a good worker in the 
temperance cause. Me is an active member 
of the Congregational church, in which he is 
serving as Deacon. 

^\Cj\;/ ILLIAM D. DOW, an influential 
resident of Cornish, was born here, 
September lo, 1857, son of Lucius 
Harmon and Lucelia A. (Smith) Dow. 
Grandfather Jeremiah Dow, who was born in 
the State of Vermont, had a family of nine 

Lucius Dow, born in Plainfield, N.H., in 
1820, was educated in the common schools of 
that town and at Kimball Academy. After 
his marriage he came to Cornish, and here 
rented a farm, on which he spent the rest of 
his life. He was a leading Democrat; but, 
though keenly interested in the affairs of the 
town even up to the time of his death, he was 
never an aspirant for office. He was Orthodox 
in religion, and he attended the Congrega- 
tional church. His first wife, Lucelia, 
daughter of Cyrus and Hannah Smith, bore 
him five children — Abbie, William, Fred, 
Mary, and Martha. His second wife, chris- 
tened Isabella Tracy, a daughter of Edward 
and Alvira Nutting, is now deceased. Abbie 
Dow, born October 10, 1853, married William 
Harlow, a well-known farmer of Cornish, and 
has one child, Leroy H. Harlow, born July 6, 
1888. Fred Dow was educated in the com- 
mon schools and at Kimball Academy in 
Plainfield. After leaving school he went into 
Jewett's grocery store as a clerk, remaining a 
year. He then went to Chicago, 111., and 
obtained employment with the large commis- 
sion house of which he is now a partner. He 
married Mattie Gamble, of Chicago, and has 
one son. His sister, Mary Dow, is the wife 
of Dr. William Cain, now of Cambridge, 

Mass. Martha Dow married Louis Quimby, 
of Unity, N.H., a groceryman, and has two 

William D. Dow worked at farming for a 
year after leaving school. In 1888 he went 
to California, where he remained two years, 
engaged in farming and baling hay. He re- 
turned East on account of the poor health of 
his father and for the purpose of taking 
charge of the farm. Ujjon the death of his 
father he succeeded to the farm, and has since 
conducted it. He has never been an aspirant 
for public office. However, last year, when a 
candidate for Selectman, he lacked but two 
votes of election. He is a prominent member 
of the grange of Cornish. The first of Mr. 
Dow's two marriages was contracted with 
Hattie A. Weld, and the second, which took 
place November 20, 1892, with Norah E. 
Crosby, of Croydon, N.H. The second wife, 
the present Mrs. Dow, is a daughter of Gil- 
man and Eleanor R. (Lear) Crosby. She has 
a daughter, Hattie E. Dow, born 17, 


I =^ known resident and a prominent agri- 
-i}P \^ culturist of Henniker, was born 
March 5, 1829, on the farm and in the house 
where he now lives, son of Daniel and Abi- 
gail (Page) Bu.\ton. He comes of substantial 
New England stock. His grandparents, 
David and Ruth (Peaslcy) Bu.xton, came to 
Henniker from Newton, Mass., in 1800. 
They settled on the farm now owned by the 
Baker family, and there spent the remaining 
years of their long lives. 

After marriage Daniel Bu.xton lived for a 
few years in that part of Danvcrs, Mass., now 
in Peabody, engaged as a tiller of the soil. 
In 1826 he traded with his wife's brother, 
Enoch Page, his farm in Danvers for the 



homestead on which his son, Nathan Page 
Buxton, now lives. Having followed his 
chosen occupation on this farm until pretty 
well advanced in life, he bought a house in 
North Weare, the early home of his wife; and 
there both died at the age of sixty-seven 
years, his wife, who was three years older 
than he, passing away first. They had eight 
children, namely: Peace, now the wife of 
David Osborne, of Port Huron, Mich. ; Lydia, 
who never married, and died at the age of 
fifty-four; Eliza, now deceased, who married 
William H. Gove, also deceased; Maria M., 
now residing in Boiuid Brook, N.J., who is 
the widow of James Denison, late of New 
York City; Abbie and Hannah M., both un- 
married, who reside in Weare; Nathan P., 
the subject of this sketch; and Daniel M., a 
house -mover of Hillsborough, N. H. Both 
parents were original members of the Society 
of Friends in Henniker. 

Nathan Page Buxton, the only member of 
his parents' family left in Henniker, was 
reared and educated on the homestead. From 
the age of twenty-one years until his marriage 
he carried on the home farm in company with 
his brother. When ready to establish a 
household of his own, he bought the adjoining 
]?roperty. Ou this he subsequently resided for 
thirteen years, making essential improve- 
ments and greatly increasing the value of the 
estate. Laboring industriously and managing 
prudently, he acquired some money, and in 
1876 bought the homestead from his brother. 
He retained possession of the other farm until 
about two years since. The house in which 
he now lives, save for a few alterations made 
by his father, is the same that was occupied 
by his grandfather. It is in a fine state of 
preservation, owing to the substantial cpiality 
of the material put into it. Mr. Buxton has 
one hundred and four acres of land, well 

adapted to general agriculture. He makes a 
specialty of dairying, shipping his cream to 
Boston; and he raises his own cows, his 
favorite grade being the Holstein crossed with 
the Jersey. On the property is a fine orchard, 
which yields a good deal of fruit. 

On April i, 1862, Mr. Buxton married 
Miss Cynthia Daniels, of Henniker, who 
was born in Shipton, P.O., Canada. She 
died three years later, leaving two sons, 
namely: Clinton Averill, who is a machinist 
and an electrician, and resides in Winchester, 
Mass. ; and Frank Edgar, who is engaged 
in garment cutting in Holyoke, Mass. Mr. 
Buxton contracted a second marriage on 
August 10, 1865, in Deering, N.H., with 
Hannah M. Clough, daughter of Elijah and 
Abigail Clough, of that town. The children 
of this union are: Elmer E., who assists in 
carrying on the farm ; Maurice E., who is em- 
ployed in a shoe factory of Auburn, Me. ; and 
Alberto, who resides at home. Mr. Buxton 
has been a firm supporter of the Republican 
party since early manhood, and he has been a 
delegate to several conventions. While not 
an aspirant to office, he served acceptably for 
two years as Supervisor of the town. Still 
adhering to the religious faith in which he 
was reared, he attends the Quakers' meeting- 
house, which stands near his farm. Mrs. 
Buxton is a member of the Methodist P'pis- 
copal church at Henniker. 

'sfl'I'-SSE WEBSTER, who was an esteemed 
resident of Henniker, and had been ac- 
tively engaged as a tailor in this town 
for ujiward of threescore years, was born June 
7, i8ii, in Newport, Sullivan County, son of 
John and Deborah (Dow) Webster. He is a 
lineal descendant of John Webster, who was 
born in Wales, August 9, 1714. This John 



emigrated to America in company willi his 
lirother ICbenezer, the paternal grandfather of 
the eminent statesman, Daniel Webster. 
John was one of tiie settlers of Chester, N.II., 
in 1735. In 1750 lie opened the first store in 
that locality, lie was very active in the war 
of the Revolution, serving as Colonel of a 
regiment in the army. Colonel Webster's 
son Samuel, the ne.\t in line of descent, being 
the paternal grandfather of Jesse, was born 
February 15, 1757, in Chester. Early in life 
he began to study for the ministry, which he 
subsequently entered. After his marriage 
with Hannah Robie he was settled for several 
years in Goffstown, N.M. Afterward he re- 
moved to Newport, N.II., where he reareil his 
family. His son John, who was born in 
Goffstown, at the age of fourteen removed 
with his parents to Newport, where he after- 
ward resided until his death in 1839. John's 
wife, Deborah, died si.x years before his death. 

Jesse Webster grew to manhood in Chester, 
where his strong influence in matters of re- 
form, more especially in the cause of temper- 
ance, was early shown. Rum at that time 
was in general use; and he, though but a boy 
of sixteen, seeing its evil effects upon the men 
in his father's employ, took a decided stand 
against it, and decided thereafter to take no 
share in supplying it to the laborers. In the 
fall of that year his father went to Boston, 
leaving to Jesse the task of making cider from 
the apples stored in the cellar before his re- 
turn. On finding that but two barrels of cider 
had been made in place of the customary 
forty, the father made no comment; and at the 
close of the haying season next summer he 
acknowledged that the two barrels had been 
sufficient, the work having been done more 
quickly and acceptably and with less friction 
tlian ever before. 

In early manhood Mr. Webster learned the 

taih^r's trade of Samuel Winkley at Mcridcn, 
N.H. After spending some time in Hills- 
borough, he came to Ilenniker, August 12, 
1836, opening a tailor's shop, and beginning on 
a modest scale. With the exception of two 
years, from 1864 till 1866, when he had a gen- 
eral clothing store, with merchant-tailoring 
features, in Concord, he has since continued in 
the same occupation. For nearly twenty years 
he has manufactured custom clothing, at times 
employing as many as three hundred girls. 
During his entire business career more than 
seven hundred girls have worked for him, turn- 
ing out vast numbers of ordered suits. In two 
families, those of Silas and Isaac Colby, he 
has clothed four generations. In the sixty- 
second year of his business career he made a 
suit for a child of the fifth generation. He 
did all the cutting for the establishment, each 
morning finding him at work; and he manu- 
factured clothing that went as far westward 
as Arizona and Montana. He was a man of 
fine physique, tall and erect, in all things 
being temperate, well preserved in mind and 
body. . Having a deep sense of religion, he 
made a public profession of faith when a 
young man of nineteen years, uniting with the 
Baptist church; and he was a close and daily 
student of the Bible. Yet his disposition was 
social and genial, and he had a host of friends. 
I\Ir. Webster married Susan C. Newell, of 
Newport, who died January 4, 1839. She 
left one son, Newell H. Webster, now of 
Helena, Mont. Besides the strong and reso- 
lute character which she inherited from the 
Newel Is, she possessed much personal beauty, 
as testified by her portrait, painted when she 
was twenty -two. On May 7, 1840, Mr. 
Webster married Jeannette W., daughter of 
William S. and Betsey D. Woods, of Henni- 
ker. After seven years of married life she 
also died. A year later her sister, Lovilla 



Woods, became the third wife of Mr. Web- 
ster. She died May 4, 1893, leaving a 
daughter, Susan L. , who married Jacobs S. 
Whitney, January 23, 1872. Mr. and Mrs. 
Whitney now reside at the old homestead. 
The death of Mr. Webster occurred March 
22, 1897, in his eighty-sixth year. 

connected by marriage with two of the 
best known families of Claremont, was 
born in New Milford, Conn., December 12, 
18 19. When a young man he settled in Can- 
ada, and by his extraordinary business ability 
and sterling integrity achieved a marked suc- 
cess. He engaged in the hotel business, be- 
coming the principal owner of the Tecumshi 
Hotel at London, Ont. , the largest hostelry 
in that city. His business brought him into 
personal contact with men of prominence in 
jniblic life, and, becoming a citizen of Can- 
ada, he joined the Reformed party. He was 
elected to the Board of Aldermen of London, 
and while in that position displayed a capacity 
for public affairs which placed him in high 
repute among his fellow-citizenS. He was 
unusually prosperous and in a fair way of se- 
curtng an independent fortune when a general 
business depression inflicted reverses upon 
him from which he never recovered. He paid 
his debts manfully, but his losses proved such 
a severe shock to his nervous system as to 
cause his death in 1866. 

Mr. Bennett married Sarah N. Grannis, who 
survives him, and who is now residing in 
Claremont. She is a daughter of George and 
Susannah (Strowbridge) Grannis, and a grand- 
daughter of Timothy Grannis, an account of 
whom will be found in a sketch of Homer 1-2. 
Grannis, which appears elsewhere in this 
work. George Grannis, who was a prosperous 

farmer and a prominent citizen of Claremont 
in his day, died in 1847, aged fifty-five years. 
His wife, Susannah, was a daughter of Colo- 
nel John Strowbridge, an early settler in 
Claremont and a man noted for his strict in- 
tegrity and courtesy. He married Patience, 
daughter of Ephraim Tyler and a representa- 
tive of a highly reputable family in this sec- 
tion. Their children were: William, John, 
Hiram, Nancy, Susannah, Patience, Betsey, 
and Jeanette. George and Susannah (Strow- 
bridge) Grannis had four children, as fol- 
lows: Susan S. ; Charles E., who at an early 
age was drowned in the Hudson River; Sarah 
N., who is now Mrs. Bennett, and is the only 
survivor; and George PL, who died at the 
age of eleven years. Susan S. married David 
Campbell, a man of wealth, who was for sev- 
eral years a United States government official. 
She died leaving three children. While re- 
siding in Canada, Mrs. Bennett availed her- 
self of the opportunity of learning the French 
language, with which she is thoroughly fa- 
miliar. She possesses estimable qualities of 
heart and mind, and is highly esteemed by her 
large circle of friends and acquaintances. 

enterprising agriculturist of Henni- 
ker, was born May 5, 1856, on the 
farm which he now owns and occupies, son of 
the late Pllijah B. Huntington. He is of 
English ancestry, being a lineal descendant 
of Simeon Huntington, who, accompanied by 
four sons, sailed from England for America in 
1633. Simeon died on the voyage. While 
one son returned to England, the others — 
William, Christopher, and Simeon — remained 
in New England. The last-named son settled 
in Salisbury, now Amesbury, Mass., in 1640. 
From him the line was continued by William, 

lilOGRAl'lIICAl. kllVIKVV 


Jiilin, \Villi;iin, John, Joliii, and ]5cnjaniin, all 
(if whom were born in Aniesbury. 

Jk'njamin Huntington, the great-grandfather 
of Sewell C, was the first of the family to 
conic to New Hampshire. He located in 
Weai'e, H illsborou^di County, which he made 
his permanent home. Two of his children, 
Jacob and Betsey, came to Henniker. Jacob 
Huntington, the grandfather, born September 
3, 1783, in Weare, died July 15, 1S57, in 
Henniker. On May 4, l8og, he married 
Iluldah (lOve, also of Weare, and, coming to 
Henniker, purchased the farm where his son, 
Joseph John Huntington, now lives. He was 
a man of imiuising presence, strong and vigor- 
ous, possessing great powers of endurance. 
Broad-minded and benevolent, he was promi- 
nent in the I'"riends' Society, which he as- 
sisted in establishing, and was highly es- 
teemed by all. His first wife died in i8ig. 
His second wife, Mehitabel Heckling Ihuit- 
ington, ]iasscd away in 1S27. He was sur- 
vived by his third wife, whose maiden name 
was Lavina H. Breed, and who died October 
'3i '859. Of the four children born of his 
first marriage Elijah Brown and Elizabeth at- 
tained maturity. Of the second wife's chil- 
dren three were reared — Franklin T., Iluldah 
G. , and Joseph John. 

Elijah Brown Huntington, born in Henni- 
ker, June 15, 181 I, spent his seventy-five 
years of life in this town, and died November 
9, 1 886. From his earliest years he was en- 
gaged in farm work, beginning as a day 
laborer. After his marriage he owned for a 
while the farm now occupied by his brother. 
In 1842 he purchased the homestead of his 
father-in-law, Richard Breed, now owned and 
occupied by his son Sewell C, and continued 
in its active management until about a year 
prior to his death. The main part of the pres- 
ent house was erected by Mr. Breed, who sub- 

sequently enlarged it by adding the original 
house, which was built more than a hundred 
years ago on another part of the farm. While 
Elijah B. Huntington was not an active poli- 
tician, in his earlier life he sup]5orted the 
Know Nothing party, and was afterward iden- 
tified with the Republican party. Of his 
union with Mary I'., daughter of Richard and 
Bcthiah (Huzzey) Breed, there was but one 
child, Sewell C. She died February 5, 1864. 
Afterward his household affairs were put in 
charge of a housekeeper. 

Sewell C. Huntington inherited the farm of 
ninety acres lying near the Quaker meeting- 
house. To this he has since added the ad- 
joining estate, so that his property is now one 
of the most valuable in the vicinity. An in- 
telligent, clear-headed man, he has made a 
success of farming, his annual crops of grain, 
hay, vegetables, and fruit bringing him in a 
fine income. He was married September 21, 
1880, to Miss Georgianna Barker, who was 
born and reared in Hillsborough, a daughter 
of Elbridge G. and Mary (Goodwin) Barker. 
Eva Mary Huntington, his only child, is a 
bright young miss of eleven years. Mr. 
Huntington is a member of Crescent Lodge, 
No. 60, I. O. O. F. Mrs. Huntington has 
been deaf for some years; but in spite of 
this difficulty, which is a great drawback to 
her enjoyment, she is a most pleasant woman 
to meet, and has a large circle of friends. 
She is an active member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church; and Mr. Huntington is 
identified with the Friends' church, which he 
has attended since a boy. 

GOOD, a well-known and prominent 
resident of Pembroke, was born in 
Allenstown, this State, March 16, 1836, son 


of Ira B. and Alice (Prescott) Osgood. He 
belongs to the seventh generation of Osgoods 
in this country, tracing his descent to Chris- 
topher Osgood, a native of Ipswich, England, 
who died in 1650. The first of Christopher's 
two marriages was contracted with Mary Ever- 
ett, an Englishwoman, who had one child by 
iiim. His second wife was Margery, daughter 
of Philip and Mary (Winsley or Winslow) 
Fowler. She was baptized in Marlboro, Eng- 
land, May 25, 1615. By her he became the 
father of five children. Christopher, the 
fourth child and the next in line, was born in 
Andover, Mass., in 1643. He was a mill- 
wright by trade. An active and prominent 
citizen, he was Captain in the militia, and rep- 
resented Andover in the General Court of 
Massachusetts in 1690. He died in 1725. 
His first wife, in maidenhood Hannah Bel- 
knap, of Lynn, bore him six children. His 
second wife, Hannah Barker Osgood, was 
the mother of four children. His third wife, 
Sarah, had no issue. His fourth and last, 
also named Sarah, was the mother of six. 
Ezekiel, son of Captain Christopher Osgood, 
and the great -great-grandfather of Addison 
N., was born in Andover, Mass., November 5, 
1679, and died in 1741. His first wife was 
Rebecca Wardwell, and the Christian name of 
iiis second was Mary. Samuel Osgood, the 
second of his seven children by his second 
wife, and the great-grandfather of Addison N., 
was born in Andover, May 27, 17 14, and died 
March 16, 1774. He, too, was twice married. 
His first wife, whose maiden name was Doro- 
thy Wardwell, bore him five children; and his 
second, in maidenjiood Elizabeth Abbott, who 
died September 27, 1792, had eight children. 

Christojiher Osgood, the youngest cliild of 
Samuel and Elizabeth (Abbott) 0.sgoo(I, born 
in Andover, April 25, 1769, was a miller by 
trade. In his early manhood he managed the 

ferry between Concord and Pembroke. Sub- 
sequently he settled on a farm in Pembroke, 
and purchased extensive tracts of land in the 
part of the town now called Suncook. Much 
of this land was covered with timber at the 
time of purchase, and he dealt extensively in 
lumber in his later years. He was a promi- 
nent man in Pembroke, and took an active 
part in town affairs. In politics he was a 
Whig. He died October 3, 1841. His first 
wife died childless. His second wife, a 
cousin of his first wife, and whose maiden 
name was Annie Abbott, lived to be quite old, 
and reared four children. Both she and her 
husband were members of the Congregational 
church. Ira B. Osgood, the youngest of his 
parents' children, was born in Pembroke, De- 
cember 30, 1804. He was engaged in farm- 
ing and lumbering during a great part of his 
life, and he owned and managed a saw-mill in 
Allenstown for a number of years. In poli- 
tics he was a Republican. He died in 
Allenstown, October 29, 1S69. Both he and 
his wife were members of the Congregational 
church. Of their seven children there are 
living — Warren A., Charles, Addison N., 
and Alva L. 

Addison Newton Osgood acquired his ele- 
mentary education in Allenstown, and studied 
the advanced branches at Pembroke Academy. 
After leaving school he spent three years in 
Boston. In i860 he settled in Pembroke, and 
engaged in lumbering, preparing his lumber 
for the market on the site of the old mill 
owned by his father. Until 1873 he was in 
partnership with another gentleman. Since 
that date he has managed an indejicndent busi- 
ness. He has been very prosperous in iiis 
financial enterprises, and owns much valuable 
real estate in Pembroke and Allenstown. 
Mr. Osgood is a man of high integrity, and is 
respected wherever he is known. He is an 


esteemed member oi tlie l\e|)uljlieaii party, 
and he lias been lionored with eleetion to a 
number of offices. As a member of the I'em- 
broke IJoaixI of Selectmen he was in office for 
a number of years, and lie represented the 
town in tiie Icgislatuie in 1878 and 1S79. 

Mr. Osgood was marrietl December 17, 
1865, to Mary K., daughter of William A. 
and Julia (Upham) Thclps, of Pembrnkc. lie 
has taken the thirty-second degree in Ma- 
sonry, and is a Knight of Pythias and an Odd 
Fellow. lie is also a Patron of Husbandry, 
and is affiliated with the grange at Pembroke. 
Both he and Mrs. Osgootl are members of the 
Methodist church. 

(sffOIIN S\VA.SI':Y, formerly a well-known 
merchant of Claremont, was born in 
Canterbury, N.H., July 21, 1785. He 
engaged in mercantile pursuits in Claremont, 
and conducted a profitable business until his 
death, which occurred October 13, 1835, at 
the age of fifty years. 

Mr. Swasey married Sally Robinson, a na- 
tive of Epping, N.H., and a daughter of Noah 
and Sally Robinson. Mrs. Swasey became 
the mother of si.x daughters; namely, .Ann 
Elizabeth, Sophia Charlotte, Sarah Jane, 
Lydia Ann, Adeline Maria, and Juliette 
Frances. Ann Elizabeth married Captain 
Alden Partridge, a military man of note, who 
founded a military college in Norwich, Vi. 
Her children were: George, who is no longer 
living; and Henry V. Sophia Charlotte, who 
became the wife of General Edward Phelps, a 
prominent resident of Cold Brook, Conn., 
died in 1893. Lydia Ann is now deceased. 
Adeline Maria married Lieutenant George M. 
Colvocoresses, who was in the United States 
Navy during the Civil War, and remained in 
the service after its close. He had risen in 

his profession to a position from which his ad- 
vancement would have been rapid, when he 
was accidentally killed in Bridgeport, Conn., 
while on his way to New York. He was 
twice married, and had four children by his 
first union. Miss .Sarah Jane Swasey and 
Mrs. Colvocoresses are residing in Claremont. 
Mrs. John Swasey died October 11, 1S53. 


and his brother, Harrison, well- 
known natives and residents of 
Ilenniker, are sons of Nathan and Margery 
(Wadsworth) Carter. Their grandfather, 
Samuel Carter, who was born in Wilmington, 
Mass., in 1758, settled in Hillsborough 
County after his marriage. Samuel's wife, 
Ml illy Abbott Carter, was born May iS, 1769, 
in Londonderry, N.H. 

Nathan Carter was born in Hillsborough 
County. When a young man he settled at 
Westboro Corner in the town of Henniker. 
He was a carpenter, and he followed that trade 
for forty-three years as a contractor and 
builder. It was said that there was not a 
house in the town that he had not worked upon 
eitlier as buikler or jobber. A skilful work- 
man, he took special pride in executing fine 
cabinet work, many specimens of which are 
still in the family's possession. He owned a 
good farm at Westboro Corner, where his shop 
was located. At his death on June 4, 1880, 
aged eighty-four years, he left an estate val- 
ued at ten thousand dollars. Possessed of re- 
markable strength, he was able to climb to an 
unusual height when over eighty years old, 
and his activity continued up to the time of 
his death. He served in the garrison at 
Portsmouth during the War of 181 2, and in 
his later years he received a pension from the 
government. His wife, Margery, whom he 



married November 24, 18 19, was a daughter 
of Aaron and Sally (Wood) Wadsworth. She 
became the mother of seven children, namely: 
William Harrison, born March i, 1822, who 
died August 16, 1823; Caroline Matilda, born 
July 8, 1824, who died February 12, 1826; 
Samuel Worcester, born February 6, 1827; 
the Rev. Nathaniel Franklin Carter, born Jan- 
uary 6, 1830, who is now Librarian of the 
Historical Society in Concord; Henry Carle- 
ton, born November 30, 1834, who died Janu- 
ary 21, 1894; Harrison, born January 16, 
1S37; and William Frederick, born November 
II, 1840, who died April 14, 1859. Henry 
Carleton was for many years a prominent busi- 
ness man of Concord. He married Clara 
Ferrin, who survives him. Nathan and Mar- 
gery Carter were both members of the Congre- 
gational church, which they joined respec- 
tively in 1825 and 1831. Their children 
received strict training in both religion and 
temperance. The mother died January 23, 
1892, in her ninety -first year. 

Harrison Carter succeeded his father in the 
possession of the homestead, and resided there 
until 1895. In that year he sold the property 
to a cousin, Finos Carter. He is well in- 
formed upon all current topics, and is espe- 
cially familiar with local history. 

Samuel Worcester Carter resided in Brad- 
ford for two years following his marriage. In 
1852 he settled upon a farm which his father 
owned, and which adjoined the homestead. 
He continued to till the soil and raise poultry 
until 1891, when he sold his property. He is 
now living in retirement in the village. 

On February i, 1849, Samuel W. Carter 
married Fidelia H. Smith, who was born in 
Langdon, July 29, 1827, daughter of Elias and 
Matilda (Stiles) Smith. While serving as a 
privateer during the War of 18 12, her father 
was captured by the British, and was held a 

prisoner on board a war vessel and on the 
island of Bermuda for sixteen months. Mrs. 
Carter resided for some time with her ma- 
ternal grandparents, Moses and Mary (Ken- 
ney) Stiles, in Bradford, where she became 
acquainted with her future husband. Mr. and 
Mrs. Carter have one daughter, Ella Matilda, 
who was born August 2, 1856. On October 
19, 1876, Ella Matilda Carter married Wallace 
A. Howlet, a painter, paper-hanger, and dec- 
orator, and now has one son, Wilmer Pfarri- 
son, born April 25, 1894. 

In politics the Messrs. Carter are Republi- 
cans. Harrison Carter served as Supervisor 
for eight years. Both are earnest advocates of 
temperance and the prohibitory law. Samuel 
W. Carter united with the Congregational 
church when fifteen years old, and has been 
a member for about fifty-four years. For 
twenty years he has acted as a Deacon, and 
has been very active in Sunday-school work. 

OHN C. SMITH, a successful dairy 
farmer of Franklin, was born in this 
town, May 2, 1842, son of Charles and 
Jeanette (Mann) Smith. His father, who was 
a lifelong resident of I-'ranklin, and owned and 
successfully conducted a good farm located in 
the southern part of the town, died in Octo- 
ber, 1889. His mother, a native of Salis- 
bury, N. H., had five children, as follows: 
John C, the subject of this sketch: Elbridge, 
who married Emma Calef, and died October 
I, 1895; Warren, who died in March, 1883, 
aged twenty -nine years; Jane, who married 
Warren Webster, and resides at the home- 
stead; and Charles, who was drowned in the 
Merrimac River in September, 18S9, at the 
age of twenty years. John C. .Smith's motlier 
is still living, and resides at the homestead 
with her daurrhtcr. 




J(jhn C. Sniilli bc;4an his cducaticjii in ihc 
common schools, and completed his studies at 
the Tilton Academy. He remained at home 
until after his marriage. Then, settling upon 
a farm on Smith's Hill, he resided there for 
twenty years. About the year 18S2 he moved 
to the farm he now occupies, and where he is 
largely interested in dairying. He owns two 
farms, respectively containing two hundred 
acres and seventy-five acres, the soil of which 
he has greatly improved. lie keeps an 
average of twenty-five head of cattle, and car- 
ries on a profitable milk business in I'"ranklin 
and Franklin Falls. 

On January 3, 1862, Mr. Smith was joined 
in marriage with Vesta I.. Shaw, who was 
born in Salisbury, May 14, 1838, daughter of 
Abram and Hannah (Fifield) Shaw. Her 
father was a native of Weare, N.H.; and her 
mother was born in I'^ranklin. Her parents 
resided upon a farm in Salisbury for many 
years, and tlied in that town. They had six 
children, four of whom are living; namely, 
Amos F. , Calvin G., Vesta L., and Amanda. 
Amanda married James Morrison, and lives in 
South Dakota. The others were : Adeline E., 
who married Adams W. Batchelder, of East 
Andover; and Mary Saline, who was the wife 
of Elbridge Gerry Emery. Mr. and Mrs. 
Smith have had three children — Jabcz R., 
Maud Eveline, and Blanche Ethelyn. Jabez 
R., born September 16, 1862, married T-"anny 
Fellows, and resides in Franklin. INfauil 
Eveline, who was born January 25, 1869, is 
now the wife of Walter Woodward, and re- 
sides in this town. Blanche Ethelyn, born 
August I, 1883, died March 3, 18S5. In pol- 
itics Mr. Smith supports the Democratic 
party, but he takes no interest in public affairs 
beyond casting his vote. Both he and Mrs. 
Smith are members of the Congregational 

I.AYTON r.. IIII.l.IARD, a leading 
resident and native of South Cornish, 
was born November 26, 1863, son 
of Joseph and May (Jkyant) Hilliard. His 
grandfather, Joseph Hilliard, .Sr., was a 
farmer and carpenter and a prominent man in 
his day. In politics he was a Democrat and 
in religion a Baptist. His wife, Roxie Day 
Hilliard, bore him ten children — Rufus, 
Hiram, George, Emmeline, Betsy, Ro.xie, 
Charlotte, Jane, Joseph, and Chester. Rufus, 
who was a farmer and carpenter, was born in 
Cornish, and died in 1894. He married 
Martha McClurer, and had two children. 
Hiram, a farmer and a Democrat, married 
Belle Demming, and had a family of si,\ chil- 
dren, all of whom are living. George, who is 
a farmer at Saxton's River, Vt., married Lula 
Fletcher, and has had five children. Chester 
went to California when a young man, and 
died there. Emmeline, now deceased, mar- 
ried Ira Procter, of Claremont, and had one 
child, who is living in Kansas. Roxie be- 
came the second wife of her brother-in-law, 
Ira Procter, and the mother of three children. 
Betsy became Mrs. Adna Keys, of Acworth. 
Both she and her husband are deceased, while 
their two children are living in Minnesota. 
Charlotte, who married Quartus Fletcher, had 
a number of children, and is living at New- 
port, this State. Jane is Mrs. Amos Richard- 
son, of Cornish, and the mother of three chil- 
dren. Joseph Hilliard, father of Mr. Clayton 
Hilliard, married May, daughter of Aaron 
Bryant. Their six children were: Ada, Julia, 
Nellie, Adna, Clayton, and Luman. Ada is 
now the wife of Frank Weld and the mother 
of one child; Julia lives at home with her 
mother; Nellie is now IVIrs. Herbert Dem- 
ming, and has four sons; Adna is a farmer, 
and lives at home, working on his mother's 
estate; Luman married Ida York, of Cornish, 



and is living in Clarcmont, engaged in the 
livery business. 

Clayton 15. Milliard, after being educated in 
the town schools of Cornish, began life for 
himself as a farmer, and later worked in the 
butcher's business. He is quite prominently 
identified with the politics of the town, and is 
well informed on all questions of public or 
local interest. The community had the ad- 
vantage of his services in the capacity of -Se- 
lectman for one term. Few residents are 
more active in forwarding movements for the 
general welfare. He married Sybil Lear, 
daughter of William and Hannah (Fletcher) 
Lear. She is the mother of two children — 
Ethel Hilliard and Wallace Hilliard. Mrs. 
Hilliard's mother died about ten years ago. 

I Vp a retired merchant of Sunapee, was 

V >r ^ born in that town, October lo, 
1821, son of Samuel and Betsey (Pike) 
Knowlton. The grandfather, Robert Knowl- 
ton, was one of the pioneer settlers of New 
London, N.H., and a loading man in his 
time. He was a well-educated man and a 
successful school teacher. He also had time 
to attend to farming. His last years were 
spent in the State of Lidiana, where he died 
at an advanced age. He married a lady 
named Smith, and she also lived to a good old 

Samuel Knowlton, born June 16, 1791, was 
a farmer, and spent the greater part of his life 
in Sunapee, to which he came wiieii he was a 
young man. He was also engaged in hewing 
lumber, saw-mills being then very scarce. 
His religious views were liberal, and he was 
a Jeffersonian Democrat. lie filled various 
offices of greater or less importance in his 
town, and was in the State legislature for two 

years. His wife, Betsey, who was born in 
New London in 1787, September 11, had 
three children, of whom John P. is the only 
survivor. The father died in Sunapee, Sep- 
tember 13, 1846, and the mother, August 28, 
1 88 I. The two sons not living were: Dennis 
G. , born September 23, 181 5, who died April 
ir, 1894; and Moses F., born July 19, 1817, 
who died November 9, 1854. Moses F. left a 
daughter, Ellen A., who is a successful school 
teacher. An interesting fact about these 
three men is that they were the tallest men in 
the town of Sunapee. Dennis was six feet, 
four inches; Moses, six feet, seven inches; 
and John P., six feet, six inches. 

John P. Knowlton received his education in 
the town schools. Then he took up farming, 
and worked on the home farm for two years, 
and elsewhere for two or three years. His 
wages were not large; but in haying time he 
made a dollar a day, which was considered 
very good pay. Subsequently he became in- 
terested in a mercantile business, and entered 
into partnership with his brother in the year 
1S44. After eight years or more he, bought 
out his brother's interest, and went on as sole 
proprietor until 1S62. At that time he dis- 
posed of the business altogether, and retired 
to his farm. To-day he owns a fine, small 
farm of twenty-five acres, and has also a com- 
fortable residence, which was built under his 
personal supervision. In 1870 he erected the 
large Knowlton Block. He had been a Di- 
rector of the First National Bank of Newport, 
N.H., for several years when he resigned the 
office, lie was a|)pointed I'ostmaster in 1845, 
September (2, and held the office for eleven 
years. On January 4, 184S, Governor Jared 
B. Williams created him Captain of the mili- 
tia company called the Sunapee Guards. The 
commission, bearing the signatures of the 
Governor and the Secretary of State, Thomas 


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R. TrcadwcU, of I'ortsmoiith, is carefully pre- 
served by the Captain. I''or four years lie was 
Town Clerl<, and for one year Town Treas- 
urer. Ill iX5^J'57 lie served as State Repre- 
sentative, and he was a Justice oi the Peace 
for several years. While bound to no partic- 
ular creed in religion, he inclines to the Uni- 
versalist belief. In politics he is a Democrat. 

Captain Knowlton was married October 23, 
1848, to Abby S., who was born in New Lon- 
don, April 16, 1826, daughter of William and 
Mary (Stevens) Morgan. William Morgan 
was born in the latter town, April 15, 1796, 
and his wife, in Newbury, April 27, 1797. 
He died October 7, 1875, and she died No- 
vember 19, 1885. They had eight chiklrcn, 
three only of whom are now living. These 
arc: Belden Morgan, of New London ; Simeon 
I""., of Richland, Cal. ; and Mrs. Knowlton. 
The names of the other children were: 
Thomas, Marshall, Franklin, Marietta, and 
Alonzo. Mrs. Knowlton has had no children. 

Captain Knowlton has been a very success- 
ful man. Considering the fact in connection 
with the circumstance that at the age of 
twenty-one his wt)rldly possessions amounted 
to twenty-five dollars, no further proof of 
his industry and enterprise is necessary. 
Both he and his wife have a large circle of 


§OHN S. RAND, a leading business 
man of Pittsfield, Merrimack County, 
and a member of the New Hamjishire 
legislature, was born in Barnstead, N.H., 
September 14, 1855, son of Hiram and Harriet 
N. (Iloyt) Rami. His great-grandfather, 
Samuel Rand, was a native of Barnstead, and 
a farmer and a mechanic by occupation. The 
maiden name of his wife was Mary Hill. Of 
his four children Moses H., grandfather of 
John S., was the oldest. Moses H. Rand was 

brought up to farming, which occupation he 
followed in Barnsteatl during his active period. 
In politics he acted with the Democratic 
party, and in his religious belief he was a 
Free Will Baptist. He lived to reach the 
age of over eighty years. He married Ann 
Bunker, a native of liarnstead ; and her death 
occurred at about the same age as that of her 
husband. She reared four children, three of 
whom are living: Dr. Joseph B. ; Hiram; and 
Mary, who married Isaac A. h'letcher, of 
Lowell, Mass. The latter's only daughter, 
Anna D., married George Rogers, of that 
city, and has five children. 

Hiram Rand, John S. Rand's father, grew 
to manhood in Barnstead, and has been en- 
gaged in agricultural pursuits from an early 
age. At the present time he owns a farm con- 
taining fifteen acres of fertile land, which he 
cultivates successfully. His wife, who was 
before marriage Harriet N. Hoyt, a daughter 
of ]?enjamin Hoyt, of Barnstead, has had two 
children, of whom John S., the subject of this 
sketch, is the only one living. Hiram Rand 
is a Republican in politics, ami, though not 
an office-seeker, he takes an active interest in 
local affairs and the cause of good government. 
He and his wife are members of the Congrega- 
tional church, of which he is a Deacon. He 
is also superintendent of the Sunday-schooL 

John S. Raud was educated at the Pitts- 
field Academy. He taught schools in Pitts- 
field and Alton, N. H., and on Deer Island, 
Boston Harbor, being thus engaged for about, 
two years. He was also connected with a 
shoe manufactory in Boston for a time. Since 
18S4 he has conducted a flourishing dry-goods 
business in Pittsfield. His progressive and 
enterprising nature has led him into various 
fields of business activity, and he is now 
President of the Pittsfield Shoe Company and 
a Director of the Farmers' Savings Bank. 



On November 30, 1S79, Mr. Rand was 
united in marriage with Miss Hattie M. 
Foote, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (East- 
man) Foote, of this town. 

As an active supporter of the Republican 
party Mr. Rand has long been a prominent 
factor in the political affairs of Pittsfield, and 
he was elected to the House of Representa- 
tives in 1896. He is connected with Suncook 
Lodge, No. 10, I. O. O. F. His religious 
affiliations are with the Congregational 
church, of which Mrs. Rand is a member; and 
he was formerly superintendent of the Sunday- 

IRY A. EMERSON, the President 
ind Treasurer of the Contoocook 
Valley Paper Company, whose 
plant is located in West Henniker, was born 
in Concord, N.H., May i, 1837, son of 
Fenner H. and Clarinda B. (Baker) Emerson. 
His father, a native of Rhode Island, was con- 
nected with the paper manufacturing industry 
in this State for many years. Both his par- 
ents passed their last years with him, and died 
in Henniker. 

At the age of seventeen, having acquired a 
good practical education, Mr. Emerson began 
to learn the business of paper-maker. Com- 
mencing at the lowest round of the ladder in a 
paper-mill of Pepperell, Mass., he worked his 
way upward through the various departments 
until he had acquired a good knowledge of 
the trade. He was later employed in mills 
at Leominster, Mass., and Franklin, N.H. 
Finally he was appointed superintendent of a 
mill in Pepperell, Mass., which position he 
occupied for three years. Having saved 
some capital by then, he was desirous of en- 
gaging in business on his own account, and 
looked about for a suitable place in which to 
carry out his purpose. In 1871 he became 

favorably impressed with the future prospect 
of a paper-mill in Henniker. With P. C. 
Cheney & Co., of Manchester, ami II. T. 
Hill he began operations in an old mill here; 
and a short time later the Nashua Card and 
Glazed Paper Company secured the int(^rest of 
Cheney & Co. In 1872 the Contoocook 
Valley Paper Company was incorporated with 
a capital stock of seventy-five thousand dol- 
lars, and a large mill was erected in West 
Henniker. The business grew in importance; 
and, as Mr. Emerson gradually acquired the 
greater part of the capital stock, he became 
the President in 1880 and the Treasurer in 
1886. The plant is propelled by water, hav- 
ing a capacity of three hundred horse-power, 
more than half of which is utilized. The 
annual product, which is of a superior quality, 
amounts to about seven hundred tons. For 
the past fourteen years the Contoocook Valley 
Company has furnished the paper used in the 
State printing office. Mr. Emerson is also 
interested in other enterprises. He is a Di- 
rector of the Hillsborough Electric Light 
Company; was for eleven years President of 
the Henniker Spring Water Company; owns 
stock in the Walworth Manufacturing Com- 
pany, and in several railroad companies, in- 
cluding those of the Connecticut River, the 
New York, New Haven & Hartford, the Con- 
cord & Montreal, the New Boston, and the 
Amoskeag; and he has also invested to some 
extent in Western securities. In 1888 he 
built the Emerson Block, a frame structure of 
three stories. In 1876 and 1878 he was 
elected a Representative to the legislature 
as a Democrat, and during his term served 
upon the Committee on Corporations. He 
continued to vote with the Democratic party 
luitil 1894, when he became a Republican. 
In the last national campaign he was an active 
supporter of McKinley and sound money. 

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On JaiiiKuy i, \^f>.\, in Litclindcl, N.IL, 
Mr. luncrson was unitctl in marriage with 
Louisa M. Lydston, a native of llillsiioroiigh 
County. lie is the rresidcnt of the Ilenniker 
I'"rec l.ilirary Association, which occupies 
C|uarters in his hh)ci<. Included in his house- 
iiolii pro[)erty is a library, containing about 
two thousaiul well-selected volumes. Me has 
been connected with the Congregational 
church since coming to Ilenniker, and for sev- 
eral years he sang in the choir. 

ACA^/ A I.I.AC l". 1". THRASHER, a wel 
known business man of I'lainfield, 
was born in Cornish, N.II., May 
It), 1S50, son of Samuel Powers and Ann W. 
(Haven) Thrasher. His great-grandfather 
was Jacob Thrasher, a native of Connecticut, 
who first settled in .Salisbury, N.II., and 
later in Cornish. The maiden name of 
Jacob's wife was I'lastman. Numerous de- 
scendants of his are distril)uted throughout 
Sullivan County. 

John Thrasher, grandfather of Wallace P., 
was born in Cornish in 1782. He was a sur- 
veyor and a stone mason, and did a large con- 
tract business in connection with farming. 
He attended to a large amount of the legal 
business of Cornish and adjoining towns, and 
was a man of much natural ability and good 
judgment. His death occurred in 1862. He 
married Betsey, daughter of Peter Walker, of 
Cornish, and reared a family of six children — 
Martha, Ithaniar, P^sthcr, .Sylvia, Samuel, and 
Dorothy. Martha became Mrs. Wheeler, and 
resided in Newport until her death. Ithamar, 
who was a large dealer in furs, and travelled 
through Vermont and New Hampshire pur- 
chasing goods, died in Corinth, Vt., in 1864, 
at the age of fifty-four years. He wedded 
Mary Ann Cotton, of Cornish, and his chil- 

dren were named: Benjamin, PVancimore, 
lidwin, Ilikn, Annette, Arthur, Carrie, and 
Henry. His sister J-:sther, who became the 
wife of Moses Wright, of Cornish, lived in 
that town and Unity, had a large family of 
children, and died in the latter town. Sylvia 
married Sylvester Stowell, of Cornish, a ma- 
chinist, who followed his trade in Newport, 
N.II., and died leaving one daughter, Eliza- 
beth. Dorothy Thrasher became the second 
wife of Sylvester Stowell, and died in Unity. 

Samuel Powers Thrasher, also a native of 
Cornish, was born in October, 1815. After 
completing his education, he learned the trade 
of a stone mason, and subsequently became an 
extensive contractor. He constructed or re- 
modelled nearly every bridge upon the line of 
the Vermont Central Railroad. He also 
erected churches,, and govern- 
ment buildings. In politics he always be- 
longed to the Democratic party, and he was 
frequently nominated to public offices. He 
was finally elected to the State Senate, and 
was a member of that body at the time of his 
death, which occurred in Claremont, April 
12, 1 87 1. In his religious views he was a 
Universal ist, and he took a deep interest in 
the church work. In Masonry he had ad- 
vanced to the Royal Arch degree, and he was 
buried with the rites of the fraternity. He 
married Ann W. Haven, daughter of James 
and Calista Haven, of Newport, N.H. She 
became the mother of thirteen children, all of 
whom reached maturity. They were born as 
follows: Laura, September 4, 1845; Winfield 
Scott, May 5, 1847; Flora A., October 3, 
1849; Wallace P., the subject of this sketch; 
Charles H., January 10, 1S52; Frank P., 
September 10, 1853; Ned, January 30, 1855; 
James B., September 29, 1856; Samuel P., 
May 9, 1858; Emma E., May 16, i860; 
Elmer J., January 22, 1862: George B., 



September 3, i S63 ; and Nettie M., January 
22, 1S65. Laura married Henry Seaver, a 
farmer of Norwich, Vt., and died May 30, 
1895, leaving four children. Winfield Scott 
wedded Mary Allen, daughter of the lion. 
Norman N. Allen, a prominent lawyer and an 
ex-State Senator of Dayton, N.Y. He 
studied law in the office of his father-in-law, 
with whom he is now associated, and is an 
expert in real estate and medical cases, being 
largely engaged as a referee throughout 
Western New York. He has had ten chil- 
dren, nine of whom are living. Flora mar- 
ried Frank L. Simmonds, a native of Franklin, 
N. H., who is now a machinist in Tilton. 
She has had four children, of whom three are 
living. Charles H., who became a building 
contractor, and erected many residences in 
Newton, Mass., and other towns adjoining 
Boston, died of lockjaw in a Boston hospital, 
May 3, 1S92. He married Ida Dickinson, 
and was the father of seven children, all of 
'whom are living in Newtonville, Mass. 
Frank P. is a member of the Paris Night Robe 
Company, Meredith, N.H. He first married 
Eva Stevens, of Claremont, who was the 
mother of three children. His second mar- 
riage was contracted with Imo Lanou, of 
Irasburg, Vt., who died some two years ago. 
Ned Thrasher, now a prosperous farmer in 
Rindge, N. H., served as Postmaster under 
both the Cleveland administrations. He mar- 
ried lunma L. Walker, of Rindge; and four of 
his five children are living. James B., who 
is a travelling salesman for a lasting-machine 
company of Boston, and has had a large expe- 
rience as a shoe manufacturer, now lives at 
North Adams, Mass. He married Anna 
Glincs, of Claremont. Samuel P. Thrasher 
is now the Secretary and Manager of the Con- 
necticut State Law and Order League, and 
resides iii New Haven. When cpiite young- 

he ran away to sea; and, after sowing his wild 
oats, he became an ardent religious worker 
and a temperance reformer. He is an able 
and eloquent advocate of morality, and during 
the past year has delivered over two hundred 
lectures. He is now travelling in Europe. 
By his marriage with Etta Bristol, of New 
Haven, he became the father of six children, 
four of whom are living. Emma E. Thrasher 
is an instructor of stenography in Hartford, 
Conn. Elmer J. Thrasher, who is a sign 
painter, and has travelled a great deal in the 
Western States, married Esther Her, and has 
three children. George B. Thrasher, who 
died in June, 1S91, was a mechanic in the 
employ of the Winchester Arms Company of 
New Haven, Conn. Nettie M. Thrasher is 
now the wife of Edwin Sargent, a carpenter 
of Rindge, N. H., and has three children. 

Wallace P. Thrasher began his education in 
the common schools. His advanced studies 
were pursued at the Kimball L^nion Academy 
and the Claremont High School. Subse- 
quently, after teaching school for some time, 
he served an apprenticeship at the wheel- 
wright's trade. He had been engaged in that 
business and that of casket-maker for twenty 
years, when five years ago he suffered the 
loss of a leg by a carriage accident. He is 
now transacting a general legal business, is a 
Justice of the Peace, writes considerably for 
newspapers and magazines, and is actively in- 
terested in political affairs. He is a Demo- 
crat and prominent in the local organization. 
He has been a member of the Board of Select- 
men, has served as Town Clerk, was upon the 
School Board for seven years, and was a can- 
didate for the legislature in 1892. In relig- 
ious belief he is a Univcrsalist. 

Mr. Thrasher married lilliza K. Dickinson, 
who was born in Cambridgcport, Mass., Oc- 
tober 21, 1850, daughter of Aaron antl Lliza 



(Marsliall) Dickinson. The latter is a native 
1)1' Unit}', \. 11. Mr. and .Mrs. Tliraslier liave 
nine ciiildren, born as folhuvs: Weston M., 
January iS, 1.S72; Carlton W., October 8, 
1.S73; Manton J., November 11, 1.S75; Annie 
iM., Jinie i:;, 1878; Nettie IC, June 4, 1881; 
Harry I)., May 24, 1883; Morris M., June 
25, 18S5; V\nva H., August 23, 1891; and 
Nina L., l-'ebruary 15, 1894. Weston M. is 
an e.vpcrt wood-worker, and resides in Lewis- 
ton, Me. ; Carlton W. is in a general store in 
Windsor, V^t. ; and Manton J. is a drug clerk 
Jn the same town. The others reside with 
their parents. 

cessful dairy farmer of Ilenniker, 

- V _ , was born in this town, June 18, 
1 8 16, son of Jacob and Lovisa (Howe) Rice. 
The Rices are descendants of Edmund Rice 
and his wife, Tamazine, who emigrated from 
England and settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 
1639. The great-grandfather of Harrison A. 
Rice was Elijah Rice, son of Charles and 
Rachel Rice. Charles was the third in line 
from Edmund. Elijah Rice (second), the 
granijlfather, who settled in Hcnniker at the 
beginning of the Revolutionary War, was a 
carpenter by trade. He served at the battle 
of Bunker Hill, and was commissioned an En- 
sign in 1779. He acc[uired a tract of land 
now located in the centre of the village, 
affording the site of the present hotel. His 
ileath occurred in 1805. In the year 1779 he 
married Margaret Patterson, who died Octo- 
ber 5, 1797. He subsequently contracted a 
second marriage with Margaret Stuart, a na- 
tive of Warner, N. H., wlio died December 18, 

Jacob Rice was born in Hcnniker, January 
-3i ^7^7- When about seven years old, while 

visiting the family of Thomas Urown, a neigh- 
boring farmer whose son Nahum was a deaf 
mute, Jacob learned to converse by signs with 
the boy. This .so Mr. Urown that he 
agreed to do well by Jacob if the latter would 
remain with him until lie came of age. Jacob 
accei)ted the proposition. When twenty-one 
years old he began to work by the month. A 
year later, in company with his brothers, 
Isaac and James, he bought a farm ; and for 
some time he assisted in its cultivation, be- 
sides working for others when opportunity 
|)ermitted. The farm was carried on by them 
until the brothers separated by marrying and 
settling elsewhere. Jacob, who made several 
changes, eventually purchased of Nahum 
Brown, the deaf mute, f(jr seventeen hundred 
dollars, the farm upon which his .son, Harrison 
A., now lives, and where he settled in March, 
1825. Although he was obliged to incur a 
debt in order to secure the farm, he soon freed 
it from encumbrance. It contained one hun- 
dred acres of land, lying upon the main road, 
within easy reach of the village. A strong 
and able farmer, whose industry fully equalled 
his strength, Jacob's activity continued almost 
to the moment of his death, which occurred 
7\pril 14, 1S79, at the age of ninety-two. In 
politics he was originally a Democrat. Later 
he became an abolitionist and a Republican. 
He served as a Selectman for the greater part 
of the time between 1820 and 1837, and was a 
Representative to the legislature in the years 
1828 and 1829. In July, 1810, he wedded 
Lovisa Howe, daughter of Micah and Lovisa 
(Amsden) Howe. She became the mother of 
five children, namely: Adeline, now deceased, 
who married Jeremiah Foster, who was a 
farmer and surveyor, and is also deceased; 
Susan Lovisa, who married John Smith Mor- 
rill, and died in Nashua, N.H., two years 
after marriage; Harrison A., the subject of 



this sketch: Maria Wallace, who married 
Obadiah E. Wilson, and died in Henniker, at 
the age of forty-six; and George W., who re- 
sides in this town. Mrs. Jacob Rice died in 
December, 1867, aged eighty-one years. 

Harrison Amsden Rice was reared and edu- 
cated in Henniker. After reaching his major- 
ity he entered into partnership with his 
father. In time he acquired by purchase the 
entire farm, together with the stock and im- 
plements; and since then he has carried it on 
upon his own account. By adding the Eli 
Howe farm and other tracts he now owns five 
hundred acres of good land. His principal 
occupation is dairy farming. He keeps some 
fifteen cows, and is now giving his attention 
to the breeding of Holstein cattle. Six years 
ago he erected a new house upon the site of 
the old Brown residence. He has also built a 
barn, ninety feet in length. His prosperity is 
chiefly due to untiring energy and enterprise. 
It is worthy of note that he was the first 
farmer in Henniker to purchase and use a 
mowing machine. He has also been engaged 
in lumbering to some extent. 

Mr. Rice has been twice married. On Jan- 
uary 23, 184s, he wedded for his first wife 
Susan W. Foster, daughter of Zebulon Foster. 
She died June 2, 1S67. On June 18, 1868, 
he married Charlotte I. Steele, daughter of 
Jeremiah and Irene (Felt) Steele, of Peter- 
boro, Hillsborough County. Born of his first 
union are John Jacob and Adeline Eliza. 
John Jacob occupies the Jacob Rice farm, and 
carries it on in partnership with his father. 
He married F^liza J. Sawyer, and has two 
children. The latter are: Susan Frances, 
born December 17, 1877; and Ikrtha Maria, 
born October 14, 1886. Adeline T^iza is now 
the wife of Edward Connelly, a tinman by 
trade. Mr. Rice's present wife acquired her 
education at Peterboro Academy. She began 

to teach at the age of nineteen, and continuc( 
in that occupation for nearly ten years. 

Yp)TOMER E. GRANNIS is an enter- 
l-^-l prising farmer and real estate owner 

_li® V residing in Claremont, Sullivan 
County, N. H., where he was for many years 
engaged in the saw-mill and lumber business. 
He was born in Claremont, July 16, 1832, son 
of Solon C. and Nancy (Spaulding) Grannis, 
and belongs to one of the oldest families in 
the town, being a great-grandson of Timothy 
Grannis, Sr , who came from North Haven, 
Conn., to Claremont in 1769. 

For his first wife Timothy Grannis, Sr., 
married Sarah Sumner, daughter of Dr. Will- 
iam Sumner. She died June 25, 17S9; and 
he married for his second wife Sarah Nye, of 
Tolland, Conn. Timothy Grannis, Sr., died 
May 7, 1827. He was the father of eleven 
children, seven by his first marriage and four 
by his second. 

Timothy Grannis, Jr., eldest son of Timo- 
thy, Sr. , and grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch, was born in Claremont, June 30, 1772. 
In his earlier years he taught school winters, 
and tilled the soil of a good farm in West 
Claremont during the intervening summer 
seasons. Possessing a good education, he was 
somewhat devoted to literary composition : and, 
while at the top of Ascutney Mountain in 1804, 
he wrote some lines in blank verse commemo- 
rative of the occasion. He did much survey- 
ing for the town and for private parties, and 
was well and favorably known throughout this 
region. He was a member of the Board of 
Selectmen from 1821 to 1829 and Represent- 
ative to the General Court in 1829-32. He 
married Phcebe, daughter of Ebenezer Rice, 
and reared a family of five children, as fol- 
lows: Solon C, Laurens A., Homer P., 



Sarali M., and Saiiuie'l R. II(Jinci- I'. Grannis 
removed to Canada when young. Afterward 
he went South, and died in Alabama. Sarah 
M. Grannis married Leonard Gilmorc. Lau- 
rens A., who was a large land-owner, died in 
Guildhall, Vt., in October, 1896. He mar- 
ried for his first wife Mary Johnson, and for 
his second Martha Cole. Samuel R., who 
married Caroline Higbee, settled in Minne- 
sota, and passed the rest of his life in that 

Solon C. Grannis, father of Homer li!., was 
Hifin in West Claremont, August 23, 1801. 
When a young man he settled upon a farm lo- 
cated a mile north of his father's property, and 
for many years carried on agricultural pur- 
suits upon a large scale. He was prominent 
in public affairs, serving upon the Board of 
Selectmen from 1843 to 1852, being Chairman 
of that body for some time, and representing 
this town in the legislature in i860 and 1861. 
He was well informed concerning the history 
of Claremont, as he kept a record of all im- 
portant events that transpired in the town. 
He acted as a Warden of the Union Episcopal 
Church for over forty years. Solon C. 
Grannis lived to be ninety years old, and died 
March 7, 1892. His wife, Nancy Spaulding, 
was a daughter of Abel Spaulding. Abel and 
his brother Joseph served in the Revolution- 
ary War, and tradition has it that Joseph 
Spaulding fired the first shot at the battle of 
Bunker Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Solon C. 
Grannis were the parents of eight children, 
namely: Sarah, born November 16, 1824; Jo- 
seph S., born January 26, 1828; Martha A., 
born February 21, 1830, who died at the age 
of eighteen months; Homer E., the subject 
of this sketch; Martha A., born May 27, 
1834; Nancy J., born April 3, 1836; Charles 
C, who died at tlie age of eighteen months; 
and George C, born December 10, 1842. 

Sarah married Chester I'. .Smith, and died in 
1864; Joseph S. , who is a lawyer in Cleve- 
land, Ohio, married Eliza Harrison; Nancy 
never married; George C. married Annis Gil- 
more, and resides in Claremont; Martha A., 
who formerly taught school, became the wife 
of Daniel N. Bowker. 

/^TeORGE !■:. MHJ.ER, a prominent 
Vp I resident of Pembroke and a member 
of the firm of .Simpson, Miller & 
Co., general merchants, was born in Deer- 
field, N.H., October 30, 1850, son of Eben- 
ezer and Mehitable L. (Dow) Miller. The 
grandfather, Samuel Miller, spent his early 
life in Chichester, N. H., engaged in agricult- 
ural pursuits; and his last years were passed 
in Brentwood, N. H. The maiden name of his 
wife was Annie Yeaton ; and he had a family 
of six children, of whom Ebenezer, George E. 
Miller's father, was the second-born. 

Ebenezer Miller grew to manhood as a 
farmer. When a young man he settled upon a 
farm in Deerfield, where the rest of his life 
was spent in tilling the soil. He was known 
and respected as a kind-hearted neighbor and 
a useful citizen. In his later years he acted 
with the Republican party, and in religious 
belief he was a Free Will Baptist. His wife, 
Mehitable, who was a native of Deerfield, be- 
came the mother of four children, of whom 
Sarah J. and George E. are living. Ebenezer 
Miller died at the age of si.xty-onc years. His 
wife died in 1S96, at the age of seventy-four 

George E. Miller acquired his education in 
his native town. After leaving school he re- 
sided in Laconia, N. H., for a short time. 
Then he came to Pembroke, and entered the 
grocery and provision business as a clerk for 
Emery Brothers. At a later date he acquired 



an interest in the firm of Johnson & Cyr, with 
whom he remained as a partner for seven 
years. In 18S6 he entered into partnership 
witli LI. T. Simpson, forming the firm name 
of Simpson, Miller & Co., which has since 
conducted a thriving business in Suncook. 

On November 30, 1878, Mr. Miller wedded 
Nellie L. Simpson, daughter of Henry T. 
Simpson, his business associate. They have 
haJ two sons, namely: Walter, who died at 
the age of nine months; and Henry, who lived 
three years and six months. In politics Mr. 
Miller is a Republican. Althougii he is 
deeply interested in local affairs, he has never 
sought for public office, and has frecjuently 
declined nominations thereto. In the cam- 
paign of 1896 he accepted nomination as a 
candidate for Representative to the legislat- 
ure, and was elected for the years -1897 and 
1898. An able and successful business man, 
he is esteemed by his fellow-townsmen. A 
Mason of the thirty-second degree, he is a 
member of Jewell Lodge, No. 94; of Hiram 
Chapter, No. 24 ; of Mount Horeb Comraand- 
ery, Knights Templar; of the Consistory at 
Nashua; and the Mystic Shrine at Boston. 
He is also affiliated with the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. Both he and Mrs. 
Miller attend the Methodist Episcopal church. 


(^01 IN B. HOWARD, formerly a car- 
penter and builder, who is now living 
in retirement at Franklin Falls, was 
born in Burlington, Vt., May 13, 1828, son of 
ICzekiel and Nancy (Burbank) Howard. The 
father, who was a native of Connecticut, first 
settled in Shelburnc, Vt., and later in Bur- 
lington. A cariienter and bridge builder, the 
active period of his life was devoted to these 
callings. He died in Burlington in 1832. 
His wife, Nancy, who was a native of 

Grantham, N.H., became the mother of five 
children, of whom John B. and Emily are 
living. Emily is the wife of George B. 
Mathews, of I""ranklin. The others were: Lo- 
retta, who married Edward Doxey, now a resi- 
dent of Elgin, 111. ; Charles H., who died in 
Oregon; and Maria, who died young. Mrs. 
Ezekiel Howard married for her second hus- 
band Stillman Clark, of Georgia, Vt., and 
passed the rest of her life in that town. 

John B. Howard was educated in the dis- 
trict schools. While still young he learned 
the carpenter's trade in Burlington, and after- 
ward worked as a journeyman in Grafton and 
Worcester, Mass., and Nashua, N.H., about a 
year in each place. In 1S54 he went to Min- 
neapolis, Minn., where he resided until 1871, 
and then returned to Vermont. He resided for 
a time in Georgia, from which town he re- 
moved to St. Albans; and in 1881 he came to 
Franklin Falls. Since settling here he has 
conducted several building operations in this 
village, in Northfield, and in Tilton; and he 
has improved his own residence, located on 
Franklin Street. He retired from active labor 
some time ago. In politics he is a Democrat, 
and in 1892 he served with ability as a mem- 
ber of the Board of Selectmen. 

In 1856, while residing in Minneapolis, 
Mr. Howard contracted his first marriage with 
Emily Arnokl. She was born in Jamestown, 
N.Y., daughter of Henry C. and ICliza Ar- 
nold, the former of whom was an artist. Both 
her parents are now deceased. Mr. Howard's 
second wife, whom he married May 13, 1882, 
was Arietta Hathaway, of Boston, Mass. .She 
died March 30, 1889, leaving one daughter, 
Mabel A. The latter and Maria Albina, his 
daughter by liis first wife, reside with tiieir 
father. Mr. Howard is a member of the Ma- 
sonic lodge in Franklin and of Mount Horeb 
Commandery of Concortl. 


-OSICI'II HENRY D1':AR1?0RN, one of 
tlic Icadinp; farmers and influential resi- 
dents of Pembroke, was born in Deer- 
field, N.ll., April ig, 1849, son of the Hon. 
Joseph J. and Sarah (Jenncss) Dearborn, of 
Decrficld. His ancestors on the father's side 
have for many generations resided in New 
Hampshii-e. The first of the Dearboi-n fam- 
ily of whom there is any authentic knowl- 
edge was Godfrey Dearborn, an luigiishman, 
who with his family became an early settler 
of Hoston, Mass. He afterward moved to 
^ixeter, N.H., and was a pioneer farmer in 
that town. His son, Henry, married Eliza- 
beth Merriam. Samuel Dearborn, the next 
in line, wedded Mercy Batchelder; and their 
son, Nathaniel Dearborn, married Mary Batch- 
elder. Edward Dearborn, son of Nathaniel, 
and great-grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch, born in 1749, (lied at Kensington, 
N.H. He married Susanna Brown, of Ken- 
sington; and one of their children was Sewall, 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch. 

Sewall Dearborn was born February 26, 
1773, in Deerfield, N.H. In early manhood 
he settled upon a farm in Deerfield. Ener- 
getic and persevering, he acquired a good es- 
tate. In politics he supported the Democratic 
party. In his religious belief he was a Cal- 
vinist Baptist. His death occurred in Deer- 
field at the age of eighty-one years. He mar- 
ried Sarah Dow, a native of Kensington, and 
reared a family of five children, none of whom 
arc living. Mrs. Sewall Dearborn li\'ed to 
the advanced age of ninety-seven years. Jo- 
seph J. Dearborn was born in Deerfield, March 
8, 18 18. When a young man he entered mer- 
cantile pursuits in his native town, and car- 
ried on a thriving trade for some years. He 
then went to Bangor, Me., and, after carrying 
on a hardware business for some time, re- 
turned aiiain to Deerfield. His latest enter- 

prise was a shoe manufactory, which he cf)n- 
ductcd successfully until his retirement. 
He died in Deerfield, at the age of seventy- 
two years. An active supporter of the Repub- 
lican party, he served the town in the capacity 
of Selectman, was a member of the New 
Hampshire House of Representatives and of 
the State Senate. He attended the Congrega- 
tional church, was a man of unusual ability as 
a business man, and his character and integ- 
rity were beyond reproach. The first of his 
three marriages was contracted with Sarah 
Jenncss, who was a daughter of Thomas Jcn- 
ness, of Deerfield. She died at the age of 
forty-nine years. Of her four children the 
only survivor is Joseph H., the subject of this 
sketch. For his second wife Joseph J. Dear- 
born wedded Hannah G. Chadwick, of De<^r- 
field. She bore him two children, neither of 
whom is living. Mrs. Phoebe Libby Mc- 
Intire became his third wife. 

Joseph Henry Dearborn began his educa- 
tion in Pembroke, and fitted for college at 
Phillips Exeter Academy. At Harvard Uni- 
versity he pursued a classical course, and 
graduated with the class of 1871. Afterward 
he was engaged in the dry-goods business in 
Boston until 1880. Since that year he has 
followed agriculture in Pembroke. Politi- 
cally, he acts with the Republican party. He 
has been a member of the Board of Selectmen. 
He served on the Board of Education for two 
years, and he has represented this town in the 
legislature. For some years past he has been 
a Trustee of Pembroke Academy. 

On November g, 1880, Mr. Dearborn was 
united in marriage with Sarah Frances 
Stevens, daughter of Josiah and H. Ann 
(Head) Stevens, of Manchester, N.H. Three 
children have been born of the union; namely, 
Jenness S., Joseph Jewell, and Sarah Eliza- 
beth. .Mr. Dearborn is connected with the 



Masonic fraternity, the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, and Pembroke Grange, Patrons 
of Husbandry. His many estimable qualities 
and superior intellectual attainments are ap- 
preciated by his fellow-townsmen, in whose 
interests he has labored diligently as a public 
ofificiaL The family attend the Congrega- 
tional church. 

'OHN F. DAVIS, Postmaster of Suna- 
pee, was born here, November ii, 
1835, son of Eli and Eunice (Pingree) 
Davis, The grandfather, Eli Davis (first), 
was born March 15, 1775, in Rowley, Mass. 
He was one of the first settlers of Springfield, 
N.II., where he went when quite a young 
man, and where he carried on general farm- 
ing. Later he removed to Plainfield, N.H., 
where he spent the latter part of his life. He 
married Judith Sanborn, who was born June 
6, 1776, and with her reared ten children. A 
prominent man, he served the town in several 
public capacities, including that of legisla- 
tive Representative. He was also an es- 
teemed member and Deacon of the Baptist 
church. He died October 22, 1848, and his 
wife on September 6, i860. 

Eli Davis (second), born in Springfield, 
N.H., December 29, 1807, was very success- 
fully engaged in general farming, and spent 
most of his life in Sunapee. In politics he 
was a Democrat, but held no iiublic office. In 
religious belief he was a Universalist. He 
married Eunice Pingree, who was born in 
Sunapee, January 15, 1807. She was a daugh- 
ter of Francis Pingree, who was an early set- 
tler, a prominent man, and a public official of 
the town. Her husband died on April 25, 
1875; and her death occurred March 31, 1893. 
They had six children, of whom four are now 
living. They were: Ruth A., born Decem- 
ber 10, 1829; Permilla M., Ijorn November 

12, 1831; Eunice M., born November 8, 
1833; John F., the subject of this sketch; 
Mary S., born October 12, 1838; and Julia 
A., born March 28, 1841. Ruth A. is the 
widow of James W. Trow, and at present re- 
sides in Sunapee; Permilla M. married 
Francis S. Trow, and died October 7, 1894; 
Eunice M. is the wife of Nathaniel Messer, 
and lives with him in New London; Mary S. 
married Levit S. Pillsbury, and died April 26, 
1 888; Julia A. is the wife of Hiram P. East- 
man, and lives in Sunapee. 

John F. Davis was educated in the schools 
of his native town. Being an only son, he 
lived at home until he was twenty-three 
years of age. He then engaged in the man- 
ufacture of shoe-stiffening and other occu- 
pations. Later on he carried the United 
States mail between Sunapee and Sunapee 
Station, being mail and express agent for a 
period of fourteen years. Afterward he was 
in the hotel business for eight years, conduct- 
ing the Runnells Lake View House and the 
Maplewood. He was next engaged in a mer- 
cantile business for a while, after wiiich he 
moved to George's Mills, a part of Sunapee, 
where he has resided ever since. He has been 
Postmaster here since 1893 and Ta.x Collector 
for three years, besides which he carries on 
the express business, and has been an under- 
taker for fifteen years. He also makes a busi- 
ness of taking summer boarders, liaving ac- 
commodations for ten guests and a livery for 
their convenience. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat. His religious views arc liberal anil not 
restricted to any sectarian creed. He is a 
member of the Patrons of Husbandry, both 
the Sunapee and Lake Granges. 

On I""ebruary 14, 1858, Mr. Davis married 
Louisa S. Tucker, who was born in Sunapee, 
October 13, 1S36, daughter of Joseph G. and 
Ruih (Gardner) Tucker. Mr. and Mrs. Davis 



have a daiiglitcr, Carrie J., born in Sunapec, 
April 26, 1S59, will) is now tiic wife of 
Charles H. Loveland, and resides in Melrose, 
Mass. Mr. Davis has a fine place at Georj^e's 
Mills, wliicli is a beautiful summer resort at 
tile head of Lake -Sunapee. 

ANA W. CALL, a prominent farmer 
of Franklin, was born in this town. 


r-*"^ August 27, 1 847, son o[ llazen 11. 
^nd Mary (Thomas) Call. His grandfather, 
Hazcn Call, who was a lifelong resident of 
I'^raidvlin, spent his active period in tilling 
the soil. The father was reared and educated 
in this town. lie was engaged in farming 
and lumbering, and died October 2, 1888. 
Mis wife, Mary, who was a native of Sanborn- 
ton, N.IL, became the mother of eight chil- 
dren -^Joseph L., Calvin T., Helen, Dana 
W., Horace M., Helen V., David S., and 
Frederick W. Joseph L. married Ann .Sever- 
ance, and lives in h'ranklin; Calvin T. mar- 
ried Olive B. Davis, and resides in this town; 
Helen died at the age of nine months; Horace 
M., who died December 11, 1876, married 
Eldora Twombly, of Hill, N.IL, who also 
died leaving one daughter, Helen Luella; 
Helen V. died at the age of si.xtecn years; 
David S., who was for some years a conductor 
on the Northern Railroad, and is now living 
with his brother, Dana W., married Inzie 
Straw, who is now deceased ; Frederick Will- 
iam, born in 1855, died April 3, 1873. The 
mother's death occurred in April, 1S90. 

Dana W. Call was ten years old when he 
went to Andover, N.H. Here he lived with 
an uncle until he was si.xteen. He acquired a 
common-school education. After leaving An- 
dover he entered the service of the Northern 
Railway Company, with which he remained 
steadily until 1S70. For the succeeding fif- 

teen years he was engaged in farming and rail- 
roading, kept a meat market in Tilton, and 
was in the grain business in Franklin Falls. 
In that period he bought his present farm, con- 
taining one hundred and twenty-five acres of 
excellent land, which is well improved. He 
makes a specialty of dairying, raises poultry, 
keeps an average of five hundred hens, and 
ships eggs to the Boston market. He also 
raises some fine colts. Politically, he sup- 
ports the Republican party; and he was a 
member of the Board of Selectmen for two 
years, besides serving in other town offices. 

Mr. Call has been twice married. On June 
6, 1S69, he wedded I'jnily W. Faton, who 
died December 11, 1S73. .She was a daugh- 
ter of the late Wheeler liaton, formerly a 
prosperous farmer of Franklin. On January 
29, 1876, Mr. Call was united in marriage 
with his present wife, whose maiden name was 
Nellie ¥.. Bunton. She was born in Sanborn- 
ton, N.H., October 20, 1849, daughter of 
Charles and Adeline (Shaw) Bunton, natives 
respectively of Hookset and Sanbornton, N.H. 
Charles Bunton followed the blacksmith's 
trade in Manchester for some time, and for ten 
years carried on a farm in Auburn, N.H. 
His wife died April 5, 1881; and he is now 
living with his daughter, Mrs. Call. Mr. 
Call's children by his first marriage were: 
Lola H., who married Lee Stackpole, an oper- 
ative in a needle factory at Filmont, N.^^; 
and Mabel K., now the wife of Alfred M. 
Kelley, of Hill, N.H. Charles Herman Call, 
the only son of the present union, was born in 
Franklin, N.H., August 26, 1877, and is now 
a plumber of Franklin. 

Mr. Call is a member of Meridian Lodge, 
No. 60, F. & A. M.; of Merrimack Lodge, 
L O. O. F. ; of the Ancient Order of United 
Workmen, the Knights of Honor, and the 
grange in Hill. He is in religious communion 

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with the Christian church. The Call family 
is one of the oldest in Franklin. Among sev- 
eral interesting relics left by his ancestry Mr. 
Call has in his possession a boat chain and a 
chair which once belonged to Daniel Webster. 

JDWARD O. DAY, an influential citi- 
zen of Cornish, Sullivan County, N.H., 
is a native of this town. He was 
born June 21, 1838, his parents being Hiram 
and Louisa (Wyman) Day. The Day family 
is an old one in this country, and the name 
has been borne by several generations of up- 
right men and women. The first representa- 
tive in America was Anthony Day, of Glouces- 
ter, Mass., who died there in 171 7, at the age 
of ninety-four years. His son Nathaniel and 
the ne.xt two in line, Benjamin and Benjamin, 
Jr., were born in Attleboro, Mass. Peletiah, 
who came ne.xt and was the great-grandfather 
of Mr. Edward O. Day, was born in Norton, 

His son Rufus, who was boi-n in Taunton, 
Mass., May 3, 1770, and died November 16, 
1838, was the first of the name to settle in 
Cornish. Rufus Day was twice married, his 
first wife being Betty Commings, of Cornish, 
by whom he had the following children: Rox- 
anna, Sylvia, Rebecca, Samuel C, Eliza, 
Hiram A., Emmeline, and Lucinda. Ro.k- 
ainia Day married Joseph Ililliard, a prosper- 
ous farmer of Cornish, and tiled April ig, 
1878. Rebecca, who married Saul Wyman, 
died July i, 1881 ; and her five children are 
likewise dead. .Sylvia married Joseph Rich- 
ardson, a farmer and brick mason of Cornish, 
and died I-'ebruary 14, 1882. Of her si.\ chil- 
dren one is living. Samuel C, wlio was a 
shoemaker, died June 2, 1875. His wife, 
formerly a Miss Wood, is deceased; but three 
children arc living, liliza married Samuel 

Jones, a farmer of Montpelier, Vt. , and had 
five children, two of whom are living. She 
died May 23, 1890. Samuel Jones is also de- 
ceased. Emmeline married Ariel K. Wood, 
and died July 16, 1887. Her husband is also 
deceased. Four of their children are living. 
Lucinda married Alvin Commings. They are 
both living, and have two children. Betty 
Commings Day died August 9, 1825; and 
Rufus Day married for his second wife Fhebe 
Choate White, who died March 3, 1839, leav- 
ing no children. 

Hiram A. Day, father of the subject of this 
sketch, was a well-known and highly re- 
spected farmer of Cornish. He was a Repre- 
sentative in 1883. He married Louisa 
Wyman, and had five children — Edward O., 
Henry M., Charles F., Caroline L., and 
Martha W. Henry Day, born in Cornish, 
August 29, 1842, married Alice H. Peck. 
He is in the insurance business in Lebanon, 
N.H., and is a Representative from that town 
at the present session of the legislature. 
Charles l*"., born January 28, 1844, enlisted 
as a private at Cornish in 1S62, in Company 
E of the Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire 
Infantry, and afterward became Corporal. He 
was taken prisoner at Poplar Grove Church, 
September 30, 1864, and died December 25, 
1864, at Salisbury Prison. Caroline L., born 
September 12, 1846, resides at Cornish. 
Martha, born November 28, 185 1, 'has lieen a 
school teacher for a number of years. Hiram 
A. Day died January 10, 1895. 

Mr. lulward O. Day began his working life 
as a tiller of the soil, and has been interested 
in agricultural pursuits up to the present time. 
He is a successful farmer and a useful citizen, 
being well informed on current events, and 
through the columns of ihe daily press keep- 
ing in touch with all the great social and in- 
dustrial questions of the day. He has served 




liis town as Selectman lur nine years; and in 
1.S93 lie represented it in the State legislature, 
where he was a member of the Committee on 
Mileage. He has been Highway Surveyor for 
a number of years. ■ He is a jiromincnt 
Mason, and has held all offices in his lodge 
up to that of Master. He is an attendant of 
the Baptist church. He married L. Addic 
Spaulding, who was born November 2, 1843. 
Her parents, Siloam and Mahala (Silloway) 
jif):iulding, were both natives of I'lainfield, 
N.H. A singular coincidence in their lives 
is that both were born in the same town in 
March, that they were married in March, and 
that both died in the month of March in the 
same year, 1885. 

^0(~)DY A. riLLSBURY, a retired 
farmer of Webster and an ex- 
member of the New Hampshire 
legislature, was born in this town, September 
20, 1820, son of Moody A. and Abigail Wil- 
kins (Di.x) I'illsbury. His grandparents, 
Daniel and Eunice (Thurlow) Pillsbury, were 
natives of Newburyport, Mass. Daniel I'ills- 
bury and a brother removed to Boscawen in 
1788, and settled on land now traversed by 
Water Street. He was a carpenter and a mill- 
wright, which trades, together with farming, 
be followed during the active period of his 
life; and he died December 8, 1844. His 
wife died October 27, 1847. They were the 
parents of twelve children, of whom one died 
in infancy. The others were: Daniel, Enoch, 
George T. , Moody A., Rebecca, Paul P., Jo- 
seph, Eunice, Mary, Sarah, and William T. 

Moody A. I'illsbury, Sr. , father of the sub- 
ject of this sketch, was born in Boscawen, and 
reared upon a farm. He followed agriculture, 
and also operated a saw-mill for many years. 
In the State militia he was a Colonel and 

later a Brigadier-general. He died January 
8, 1863. His first wife, Abigail, died May 9, 
1852. A second marriage united him to 
Louisa V. Di.\, his first wife's sister, now liv- 
ing in Webster, and ninety years old. Timo- 
thy Dix, the father of both wives, was for- 
merly a resident of Boscawen. He moved to 
Massachusetts and later to Canada, where his 
last days were passed. Moody A. and Abi- 
gail Pillsbury were the parents of four chil- 
dren, namely: Moody A., the subject of this 
sketch; George, born October 17, 1823; 
Charles W., born June 7, 1S26, who was 
drowned May 17, 1828; and Charles S., born 
April 14, 1828. George married Lydia A. 
Marshall, and is now a farmer in Tewksbury, 
Mass. Charles S. wedded Mary Runals, and 
is engaged in agricultural pursuits in London- 
derry, N.H. 

Moody A. Pillsbury obtained his education 
in a common school and a private academy. 
When twenty-one years old he went to West 
Newbury, Mass., and for some years was em- 
ployed as a farm assistant in that vicinity. 
One year after his marriage he returned to 
Webster, where for some time he was a clerk 
in a store. His principal occupation, how- 
ever, has been farming. Formerly he and his 
father-in-law were joint owners of a good farm 
of two hundred acres, which he carried on for 
many years before his retirement from active 

On March 15, 1847, Mr. Pillsbury was 
united iii marriage with Charlotte Couch, who 
was born in Webster, April 12, 1826, daugh- 
ter of Amos and Hannah (Ray) Couch. Her 
father, a native of Salisbury, N.H., settled 
upon a farm in Webster in 1820, and some 
years later moved to Boscawen, where he re- 
sided for the rest of his life. He died No- 
vember 29, 1883, aged ninety-two years. Her 
mother, who was born in Hennikcr, died July 



27, 1S53. The other children of Mr. Couch 
and his wife were: Hale, who died August 29, 
1853; Eunice, who died November 22, 1888; 
and Charles, who died August i, 1824. In 
politics Mr. Pillsbury is a Republican. He 
served with ability as a Selectman for six 
years, was Town Clerk for one year, represented 
his district in the legislature in 1887, and has 
been a Justice of the Peace for the past twenty- 
five years. He has been drawn for jury ser- 
vice six times. Both he and Mrs. Pillsbury 
attend the Congregational church, and are ac- 
tively interested in church work. 

a well-known lawyer of Concord, 
was born at Westminster, Vt. , 
June I, 1823, son of John and Sophia (VVill- 
ard) Foster. His grandfather, Edmund 
Foster, a native of Reading, Mass., graduated 
from Yale College about the time of the break- 
ing out of the Revolutionary War, and subse- 
quently took part in the battles of Lexington 
and Hunker Hill. He was settled as minister 
over one parish in Littleton, Mass., for forty- 
seven years; and he died in that town in the 
seventy-sixth year of his age. He married 
Phebe, daughter of the Rev. William Law- 
rence, of Lincoln, Mass., and reared a family 
of thirteen children. Three or four of the 
older sons served in the War of 1S12. John, 
the youngest son, who was born in Littleton, 
Mass., went subsequently to Westminster, 
Vt., and thence to Kcenc, N.H., when his 
son William was but two years old. He kept 
a store in Keene for many years, served as 
Sheriff of the county and as Register of 
Deeds, and clied at the age of fifty-six. His 
wife, Sophia, a daughter of Josiah Willard, 
became the mother of three children : William 
L., the subject of this sketch; Sophia, who 

died in childhood; and Susan, who is the 
widow of Frank G. Littlefield, and resides at 
Exeter, N.H. 

William L. Foster was educated in the dis- 
trict schools of Keene and at the academies 
of Walpole and Hancock, N.H. He began 
the study of law at Keene, and subsequently 
attended the Harvard Law School at Cam- 
bridge, Mass. He first opened an ofifice in 
Keene, where he remained until 1S53. For 
four years he served as Postmaster and for 
about five years as State Reporter. Since 
1853 he has resided in Concord. From 1849 
to 1853 he was Clerk of the New Hampshire 
Senate. He was a member of the legislature 
in 1862-63, and he also served on the staff of 
Governor Dinsmore. In 1869 he was ap- 
pointed Judge of the Supreme Court, and held 
it until his resignation in 1881. He has been 
a Republican ever since the formation of that 
party, and he cast his first Presidential vote 
for James K. Polk in 1844. He is a member 
of the Episcopal church, is popular socially, 
and belongs to Blazing Star Lodge, F. & 
A. M., of Concord. 

On January 13, 1853, Mr. Foster married 
Harriet M. Perkins, daughter of Hamilton 
Perkins, who was for many years Judge of the 
Probate Court of Merrimack County. By her 
he is the father of the following children: 
Elizabeth !•'., now the widow of Edgar H. 
Woodman, formerly Mayor of Concord; Mary 
Bartlctt, who became the wife of Lieutenant 
William A. Marshall, United States Navy; 
William II., one of the masters of St. Paul's 
School at Concord; and Roger Elliott, who 
resides in Webster, N.H., and is at the pres- 
ent time a member of the legislature. Mr. 
Foster takes a keen interest in all matters 
pertaining to thevvelfare of his adopted city, 
in which he is highly esteemed as a useful 
and high-minded citizen. 

luoGRA I'll k:at, RF.vr fav 



ir.LTAM DUNTON, a retired man- 

ufacturer (if Newport, was born 
in Millbury, Worcester County, 
Mass., son of Moses and Zoa (Pierce) Dunton. 
Ilis grandfather, who was a Revolutionary 
soldier, and lived for the greater part of his 
life in Sturhridge, Mass., carried on general 
farming. His son, Moses, a native of Stur- 
hridge, settled in Millbury, Mass., where he 
lived for the greater part of his life. Moses 
was a blaci<sniith, and owned a small farm. 
He was a good, sturdy man, and a member 
and Deacon of the Congregational church for 
many years. In pcditics he was a Whig. He 
married Zoa Pierce, who was born in Millbury. 
Both lived to the advanced age of seventy-five 
years. Of their six children one died in in- 
fancy. The others were: Mary, Martha, 
Austin, William, and Silas. Mary is now de- 
ceased; Martha married a Mr. Dexter, and 
is at present living in Cambridge, Mass. ; 
Austin resides in Millbury; Silas is also in 
Millbury, where he is engaged in business. 

William Dimton received his education in 
the public schools of Millbury and at Leices- 
ter. He remained in Millbury until he was 
twenty-two years of age, when he located in 
Amsterdam, N.Y. , and engaged in the manu- 
facture of scythes. He afterward went to 
Waterville, Me., and there followed the same 
business for one year, working out as a jobber. 
In 1S42 he settled in Newport, where he re- 
sided for several years. At one time he was 
in business with Ezra T. Sibley for a number 
of years, after which he disposed of his inter- 
est in tiie firm, and returned to Massachusetts. 
He came again to Newport in 1S65, and has 
lived here since. In politics Mr. Dimton is 
a Democrat, and he has been a Selectman of 
the town. 

In August, 1844, he married Lois Corbin, 
daughter of Austin Corbin, Sr. She was born 

in Newport, December 21, iHkj, and died 
July 7, 1893. Their three children were: 
Emma, born in 1846, who died September 21, 
1847; Mary A., born August 22, 1848; and 
Frederick W., born June 9, 1851. Mary is 
now the wife of A. O. Bo.stwick, and resides 
in Toledo, Ohio. Frederick lives in Hollis, 
L.I., and is in business as a land broker. 
Mr. Dunton, after an active business career, 
retired some time azo. 

DTrANK H. SARGENT, M.D., a rising 
V^ls young medical practitioner of I'itts- 
field, was born in this town, October 
31, 1 86 1, son of Charles H. and Almira 
(Ring) Sargent. His great-grandfather, Ben- 
jamin Sargent, served under General Wash- 
ington in the Revolutionary War. He later 
became a Baptist minister, and preached in 
Pittsfield from 1808 to 1818. He died March 
19, 18 1 8, at the age of fifty-eight years. His 
wife, in maidenhood Eunice Lindell, reared a 
family of seven children. 

Moses L. Sargent, grandfather of Frank IL, 
was born in Bow, N. H., May 12, 1793. He 
resided most of his life in Pittsfield, and was 
a cabinet-maker by trade. The maiden name 
of his wife was Sarah Thorndike, and his fam- 
ily consisted of three children. He lived to 
the age of seventy-eight years, and his wife 
was seventy-six years old when she died. 

Charles II. Sargent, Dr. Sargent's father, 
was born in Pittsfield, September 15, 1825. 
He followed the trade of a shoemaker for some 
time in connection with farming, and at one 
time he was overseer of a department of the 
Pittsfield cotton-mill. He was one of the 
prominent citizens of this town in his day, 
and was a member of the Board of Selectmen 
at the time of his death, which occurred Feb- 
ruary I, 1872, when he was forty-seven years 



old. In politics he was a Republican. His 
wife, Almira Ring, was a daughter of Theo- 
dore and Betsey (Ma.xfield) Ring, of Loudon, 
N.ll. She became the mother of si.\ chil- 
dren, and the survivors are: Lena A. ; Charles 
E. ; Annie M. ; and Frank H., the subject 
of this sketch. Charles E. married Nettie 
Shepherd, of Toronto, Canada; Annie M. is 
the wife of Henry F. Davis, of Haverhill, 
Mass. Mrs. Charles H. Sargent is now 
seventy-two years old, and resides at the old 
homestead in this town. She is a member of 
the Free Will Baptist church. 

Frank H. Sargent acquired his early educa- 
tion in the common schools and at the Pitts- 
field Academy. His medical studies were 
begun at the Maine Medical School connected 
with ]5owdoin LTniversity, and continued at 
Dartmouth College, from which he was gradu- 
ated with the class of 1889. After completing 
his preparations with a course at the Post- 
graduates' Medical School in New York City, 
he returned to Pittsfield, and commenced the 
practice of his profession. Since entering 
upon his medical career he has created a favor- 
able impression throughout the broad circuit 
over which his professional duties extend, and 
as a result he has a large and constantly in- 
creasing practice. He succeeded to the owner- 
ship of the home farm, where he resides, and 
which he carries on successfully. 

In politics Dr. Sargent is independent. He 
has occupied all the important chairs in Sun- 
cook Lodge, No. 10, I. O. O. F. In his re- 
ligious views he is a Congregational ist. 

P^illLIP C. CLOUGH, Representa- 
tive of Canterbury, N. II., in the 
State legislature of 1897-98, is a 
highly intelligent, well-to-do farnur and a 
member of one of the okl families of the town. 

He was born in Canterbury, February ig, 
1835, the second son of Thomas and Hannah 
(Hazelton) Clough. His grandfather, Oba- 
diah Clough, who was a native of Canterbury, 
owned the farm where Mr. Clough now lives. 
Thomas Clough, son of Obadiah and father of 
the subject of this sketch, spent his life on the 
old homestead. Besides farming he was in- 
terested in the railroad business. He was a 
prominent man in the town, and held many 
public ofifices. His wife, Hannah Hazelton, 
was a native of Canterbury. She died in De- 
cember, 1883. They had seven children, 
namely: Hannah, born September 18, 1831, 
who died June 26, 1S40; Thomas V. B., born 
March 26, 1833, who married Maria Gale, and 
is now living in Franklin, N.H.; Philip C. ; 
Sarah G. , born May 28, 1838, who died in 
March, 1863; Hannah A., born July 26, 1S40, 
died April S, 1842; Susan A., born June 26, 
1843, who married E. L. Batchelder, and lives 
in Canterbury: and Mary B. , born June 28, 
1847, who married Thomas Tuck, and is now 
living in Pittsfield. The children were edu- 
cated in the common schools of this town and 
in the institute at New Hampton, N.H. 

Philip C, the subject of this sketch, has 
always lived at the ancestral homestead. He 
took care of his parents in their old age; and 
since his father's death he has managed the 
farm, which he now owns. It contains about 
one hundred and twenty-five acres. Although 
larming is Mr. Clough's main jjusiness, he is 
also the agent for all kinds of standard farm- 
ing implements ; and he buys and sells large 
quantities of fruit every fall, lie is President 
of the Canterbury Creamery and of the Canter- 
bury and Boscawen Telephone Company. 

Mr. Clough is a Republican in politics, and 
he always takes an active interest in all the 
town business. 1 L' has been Selectman for 
seven years, and in 1X96 he was elected Rej)- 



rescntativc of this town. He is a member of 
Dorrick Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 78, of Til- 
ton, N.ll., and was a charter member of the 
Merrimack I\iver Grange, whicii is one of the 
oldest societies of the Patrons of Husbandry 
in the State. He was married August 30, 
1870, to Mary K. Hatchelder, of Canterbury, 
a daughter of h^benezer and ICIizabetli (Kim- 
ball) liatchelder. Both Mr. and Mrs. Clough 
are active members of the Congregational 
Chui\h of Canteriiury. Mr. Clough is one of 
the most prominent men in the town, and he 
is well known throughout the county. 

/^^iToRGE \V. IIURD, who owns and 
\ p I cultivates a productive dairy farm in 
Lempster, Sullivan County, was born 
where he now resides, September 16, 1837, 
son of Colonel Smith and Mehitable (l">mer- 
son) Hurd. His paternal grandfather, 
Shubael Hurd, was the first ancestor to settle 
in Lempster. He was one of the stirring 
farmers of his day, and improved the property 
which is now occupied by his grandson. 
Shubael Hurd married for his first wife 
Rachel Beckwith, and for his second wife 
Isabelle Ames, a native of Peterboro, N. H. 
I5y this union there were two sons — Smith 
and Justus. Justus Hurd was graduated at 
Dartmouth College with the degree of Doctor 
of Medicine. He practisetl his profession in 
the States of Mississip[)i and Missouri, and 
died in St. Louis a number of years ago. His 
second wife was Sarah Gordon, a native of 
Belfast, Me. 

Colonel Smith Hurd, the other son of 
Shubael and the father of George W., was 
born in Lempster, January 11, 1803. He was 
reared upon the homestead farm, which fell to 
his possession; and he ilisplayed much energy 
and enterprise in its cultivation. Ih; took an 

active interest in educational affairs, and was 
prominent in the State militia. Colonel 
Smith Hurd died March 3, 1877. His wife, 
Mehitable Emerson, was born in Goshen, 
N.H., January 13, 1804. Her parents were 
Jonathan and Elizabeth (Lakeman) Emerson, 
the former of whom was a prosperous farmer. 
Jonathan l-2merson was accidentally killed by 
a falling tree. Mrs. Mehitable E. Hurd, who 
still survives and resides at the homestead, has 
reared seven children, as follows: Yorick G. ; 
Robert S. ; Isabelle E. ; Dency; Eunice E. ; 
George VV., the subject of this sketch; and D. 
Emerson. Yorick G. Hurd, M.D., a gradu- 
ate of Dartmouth College, became a success- 
ful physician, and for twenty-one years was 
su|)erintendent of the Insane A.sylum in Ips- 
wich, Mass. He died September 24, 188S. 
His first wife was Mary A. Twichell, of 
Lempster; and his second was Ruth A. 
Brown, of Amesbury, Mass., who is no longer 
living. Their adopted daughter, Josephine, is 
now the wife of Harry Dodge, a grocer of Ips- 
wich. Robert S. Hurd died in Cincinnati, 
Ohio, in 1852. Isabelle E. became the wife 
of Dr. John G. Parker, of Dublin, N. H. ; and 
neither she nor her husband is living. Their 
only son, J. Fred Parker, is now Assistant 
Secretary of the State of Rhode Island, and 
resides in Providence. He married Helen 
Pierce. Dency married for her first husband 
Austin Spencer, of Lempster, and by that 
union had one daughter, Alice M. M., who is 
now the wife of Lewis Greenwood, of Gard- 
ner, Mass. For her second husband she mar- 
ried A. H. King, who died in December, 
i8g6, she having passed away on November 
20, 1 88 1. Eunice E. Hurd died in 1885, 
aged fifty-five. D. Emerson Hurd is follow- 
ing the trade of a blacksmith in connection 
with farming in Westminster, Mass. He 
married Ruth M. Bruce, of Lempster, and has 



had a family of five children, namely: Arno 
E. , who married Ella Flagg, and resides in 
Westminster; Wynne, who died at the age of 
two years; Albert G., M.D. , who married 
Nettie Killiim, and resides in Millbury, Mass. ; 
Roy ; and Mary. 

George W. Hurd was educated in the dis- 
trict schools and the high school of Lempster, 
and has always resided at the homestead. 
Since coming into possession of the property, 
he has added a tract of adjoining land, and 
now has a farm of about three hundred acres. 
He gives his attention to general farming and 
dairying, produces a large quantity of butter 
and considerable maple sugar. His farm is 
one of the most fertile and desirably located 
pieces of agricultural property in town. For 
eleven years Mr. Hurd served the town faith- 
fully as Collector of Taxes, but he has never 
aspired to prominence in public affairs. He 
is an earnest advocate of the temperance cause, 
and votes with the Prohibitionists. He has 
long been identified with the Patrons of Hus- 
bandry, and is now Treasurer of Silver Moun- 
tain Grange, No. 196. 

On September 16, 1863, Mr. Hurd was 
joined in marriage with Eliza A. Fletcher. 
She was born in Lempster, February 35, 1846, 
daughter of Francis P. and Joan (Thompson) 
I''letcher, the former of whom was a native of 
Washington, N.H., and the latter of Marlow. 
Francis P. Fletcher died January 21, 1S82; 
and his wife died July 3 of the same year. 
They were the parents of seven children, 
namely: Francis P.; Harriet P., who married 
Jf)hn Ilarriman, and died in 1852; George S., 
who died in November, 1867; Phineas, who 
was born September 28, 1841 ; VAiza A., who 
is now Mrs. Murd; Charles and Gilman, 
who are no longer living. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hurd are the parents of two 
sons, namely: Robert L., who was born Sep- 

tember 24, 1864, and died February 14, 1881 ; 
and Elbert Eugene, born November 20, 1870, 
who resides at home, and assists his father in 
carrying on the farm. He is one of the lead- 
ing young men of Lempster, and is a promi- 
nent member of the Patrons of Husbandry, 
being Master of Silver Mount Grange. On 
August 30, 1 891, he married Susie Bean, of 
this town. They have had one child, Justus, 
who died in infancy. Mrs. Susie B. Hurd is 
deeply interested in grange matters, and is 
Lecturer of Sullivan County Pomona Grange. 


urer of the Franklin Needle Company, 
manufacturers of solid riveted latch 
needles at Franklin, N.H., was born in Crafts- 
bury, Vt., April 27, 1845, son of Hiram and 
Eliza S. (Corey) Sturtevant. His paternal 
grandfather was Ezra T. Sturtevant, a mill 
man and wool-carder, also a manufacturer of 
coffins. He married Lucy Merryfield. 

Hiram Sturtevant was a farmer early in life; 
but in 1 866 he sold his farm, and went into 
the manufacture of sashes, doors, blinds, and 
furniture, in Lebanon, N.H., continuing in 
this business for about three years, when he 
sold out to his partners. Tiien he went into 
the shoe business, in which he continued 
until he retired. He died December 8, 18S5. 
His widow resides most of the time with lier 
daughter, Mrs. D. G. Thompson, in Montreal. 

They had four children: Edward H., the 
eldest, is the subject of our sketch; Mary E., 
born in August, 1S47, is the wife of D. G. 
Thompson, of Montreal, General Manager of 
the Montreal Transportation Company; lizra 
T., born in May, 1S49, now a lumber dealer 
in Chicago, III., married Mary Ida Thom[ison, 
of Woodstock, Vt. ; Henry IL, the youngest 
child, born in April, 1851, married Ella Hill, 

1!I()(;k,\I'HI(\l rfa'ikw 


f)f Helnidiil, Mass., and mnv carries on a large 
clo|)artnicnt store in Zanosvilio, Ohio. 

Having received a good education, I'^ihvard 
H. Sturtcvant began at the age of seventeen 
to teach scliool in l?arton, Vt. After teaching 
for a while, he entered the employ of William 
Joslyn & Son, druggists, with a view of learn- 
ing the business. Two years later he ac- 
cepted a position in this line in Wellington, 
Ohio, remaining there for two years. At the 
expiration of this time he went into the drug 
business for himself at Lebanon. In a few 
months he had established a prosperous, paying 
business; and then at the earnest solicitation 
of the village physician he sold it out to him 
at a goodly advance over its cost. His former 
employers, learning of this, urged him to unite 
with them in opening a drug store in Cole- 
brook, which he did; and, after remaining 
there one year, he sold out to them. His ne.xt 
venture was with his brother in Woodstock, 
Vt., where they kept lioots and shoes as well 
as drugs, and were in business for five years. 
When they sold out his brother went West. 

Mr. Edward H. Sturtcvant came to Frank- 
lin in 1876, and bought out George Procter's 
two drug stores, one at Franklin and the 
other at 'Franklin Falls. In 1881 he bought 
one-half interest in the l^'ranklin Needle Com- 
pany, and uudertoiik the management of the 
concern, with the additional duties of Treas- 
urer. Th-e President of the company is Mr. 
H. J. Odell, now of Laconia. It is the larg- 
est factory of the kinil in the United States, 
employing two hundretl hands; and its goods 
are shipped to all parts of the United States 
and Canada, and some are exported. Mr. 
Sturtcvant is a Director of the Franklin Power 
and Light Company and Vice-President of the 
company. He is President and Director of 
the Franklin I-'alls Company, Director of the 
First National Bank of Franklin, and Trustee 

of the I'ranklin Savings Hank. He has been 
as prominent in political as in business cir- 
cles, and in 1893 he represented the town in 
the legislature. In 1896, to the satisfaction 
of his fellow-citizens, he filled the office of 
Mayor of P'ranklin. 

In May, 1869, he married Miss Ada K. 
Martin, of Stratford, N.IL, daughter of Jo- 
seph and Alvira Martin. Her father was a 
lumberman and farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Sturtc- 
vant have two children : Fva K., born in Oc- 
tober, 1S75, now at Hm-nham School, North 
Hampton; and Ruth 15., born in October, 

Mr. Sturtcvant is a member of Meridian 
Lodge, F. & A. M.; l-'ranklin Chapter, 
R. A. M. ; Mount Iloreb Commandery, 
K. T. , of Concord; and of Merrimac Lodge, 
I. O. O. 1'". He is a member of the Unita- 
rian Society. Capable and diligent in appli- 
cation, he has been successful in business 
through life, and is a leading man in his city. 

A.MKS FRA.ME, a farmer of Canter- 
bury, N.IL, and dealer in registered 
thoroughbred Jersey cattle, is a native 
of Lennoxshire, Scotland. He was born Sep- 
tember 5, 1834, son of Robert and Janet 
(Pettigrew) Frame. His paternal grand- 
father, also named James Frame, was a large 
lumber dealer in Scotland, where he died 
when still a young man. He married Mar- 
garet McKay. 

Their son Robert, the father of the subject 
of this sketch, was for a number of years the 
editor of a newspaper in Glasgow. He intro- 
ducetl the omnibus into that city in 1S45; and 
he ran the line for five years, keeping about 
ten omnibuses and one hundred horses. He 
sold out in 1 8 50, and was appointed public 
inspector of carriages in Glasgow, an office 


E I OG R A P H I C A L R E V 1 E\V 

which he held for twenty years, or until he 
retired from business. He died in April, 
1894. His wife was Janet, the daughter of 
Alexander and Elizabeth (Riddell) Pettigrew, 
of Scotland. Alexander Pettigrew was a 
weaver and farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
frame had five children, namely: James, of 
whom we shall speak more fully below; A.le.\- 
ander, deceased; Elizabeth, a missionary in 
the city of Glasgow; Mary, now living in 
Scotland; and Jane, who married Thomas 
Patterson, and is now dead. All of the chil- 
dren were educated in private schools. 

James, their eldest son, learned the currier's 
trade when a young man, and served seven 
years in the city of Glasgow. He was ap- 
pointed foreman of the business in 1855, and 
he held the position three years. Coming to 
this country in 1868, he settled first in Suna- 
pee, N.H., where he worked as currier for a 
man named John Young. In the fall of 1869 
he went to Chicago with the intention of mak- 
ing his home there; but, deciding that he 
liked the East better, he came back and set- 
tled in Franklin, N.H., where he worked with 
A. 'SI. Stewart until 1880, when he removed 
to Manchester. After ten years' service there 
with Kimball & Gerrish he removed to New- 
port, R.I., where he set up in the currier 
business. He was very successful, and trav- 
elled a good deal on the road. He stayed but 
two years, however, and then came to Canter- 
bury, N. H., where he bought of P^rank Mer- 
rill his present property, containing about one 
hundred and thirty acres of well-improved 
land. PI is place is called Strathsee P'arm, 
and is a beautiful homestead. Mr. P'rame 
does general farming; but his main interest 
is in cattle, of which he has made a careful 
study. He keeps about twenty head of reg- 
istered thoroughbred Jerseys, and makes an- 
nually a large amount of fine butter. He has 

taken nine prizes at the New Hanijishire State 
P'air with his fine cattle. 

In politics Mr. Frame is a Republican, and 
he is an active worker in. his party. He be- 
longs to Granite Lodge, K. of P., of Man- 
chester, N. II.; and to the Merrimack River 
Grange, Canterbury. In religion he is of the 
liberal Christian type, and is a member of the 
Universalist church. He married Jane Pat- 
terson, a daughter of William and Susan 
(Hamilton) Patterson, born December 22, 
1838. Mr. and Mrs. Frame have had four 
children. A brief record may here be given, 
as follows: Robert Frame, the only son, a 
graduate of Dartmouth, married Alinnie Gail, 
of Canterbury, and is now Treasurer of the 
Dececo Company at Newport, R.I.; Susan 
Hamilton Frame married George W. Hardy, a 
machinist of Manchester, N.H., and died at 
the age of twenty-nine; Janet Pettigrew 
Frame is a trained nurse at Newport, R. I.; 
and Jeanie Frame, born in December, 1867, 
died July 25, 1SS7. 

OHN A. FULLER, a well-known and 
influential citizen of Contoocook, Mer- 
rimack County, N.H., son of Abram 
G. and. Adeline C. (Fellows) Fuller, was born 
in Bridgewater, Grafton County, this 'State, 
August 8, 1848. His paternal granilfather, 
John A. P'uUer, first, a farmer, removed from 
Vermont to Hopkinton, N. H., and resided 
there till his death, which occurred in iiis 
eighty-second year. He married Mary Davis. 
Abram G. Fuller, son of John A. l-'uller 
and Mary (Davis) P'uller, born in Hopkinton, 
was a farmer and wheelwright, having a shop 
on his farm. He lived to the age of seventy- 
one years. His wife, Adeline C. P'ellows, 
also of Hopkinton, died in January, 1895. 
Of their children only two, John A., of Con- 

i;i()(;i< AIMIIC \l, KKVIKW 


toocook, ami ()rriii 1"., a fairiicr of lldpkiii- 
lon, ari' in New 1 lanipsliirc. 

John A. I'"ulK'r, the subject of tliis skctcli, 
was a boy of ci^lit or nine years when lie went 
to Hoi)kinton. lie was educated in the public 
schools and in the academy at Contoocook. 
Living on his father's farm in lIo|ikinton 
until he was sixteen years of age, he then 
went to Goffstown, where he learned the trade 
of sash and blind making. i'"rom that time 
he became his own supjiorter, and, coming to 
Contoocook, worked as foreman in the factory 
of McClurc & Taggart, where he remained 
until the factory was burned three years later. 
After this he worked as clerk in a village 
store. He was apjiointed Postmaster under 
the Cleveland administration of 1S85, served 
as Assistant Postmaster for four years under 
Harrison, and was then reappointed I'ost- 
master upon the re-election of Mr. Cleveland. 
He now holds the position. lie has also the 
fire insurance agency for the village, Iiis books 
showing a good business. Mr. k'ullei- has 
served for fifteen years as a Justice of the 
Peace and for ten years as a Notary Public, 
doing conveyancing and attending to the other 
official duties. He has also served for four- 
teen years as Townshiii Clerk, and is thus 
connected with almost every public enterprise 
in the township. 

April 30, 1.S72, John A. l'"uller married 
Julia ]"'., daughter of Jacob M. and Sarah C. 
(Abbott) Morrill, of Contoocook. Their one 
child, William l'. {•"uller, is proprietor of a 
job printing establishment in Contoocook. 
Mrs. I<"uller's father, Jacob Matthew Morrill, 
was born in ITopkinton, July 11, 1S19, son of 
Joseph and Pamelia Martin Morrill, and died 
October 19, 1896, aged seventy- seven years. 
He spent a few years in Di.von, 111., but 
lived mainly in Contoocook village, where he 
worked as a carpenter and joiner. From Oc- 

tober, 1862, to August, 1863, he servctj in 
Company D, Si.xteeiith Regiment, New Hamp- 
shire Volunteers; and in 1871 he was made 
a Selectman of the town. He married Ajiril 
30, 1S45, Sarah Call Abbott, daughter of J. 
Herman and Sally Currier A!)bolt. Mrs. 
Morrill is still living. 

Mr. John A. I-'ullcr is by political senti- 
ment a Democrat. He is a member of Hills- 
borough Lodge, L O. O. l*".. No. 2, in .Man- 
chester; and has passed the ciiairs in liagle 
iMicampment, No. S, of Contoocook. Mrs. 
Fuller is a member of tlv l-Nliecca Lodge, 
I. O. O. F. 

HARLFS A. 1-TSHKR, a prominent 
resident of Claremont, Sullivan 

,if - County, and an ex-member of the 

New Hampshire legislature, was born in this 
town, November 10, 1S37, son of Leonard P. 
and Nancy T. (Lincoln) Fisher. The orig- 
inal ancestor of the family in America was 
Anthony Fisher, who emigrated with his wife 
and five children from Syleham, Suffolk 
County, luigland, in 1637, and settled in 
Dedham, Mass. Jeremiah Fisher, a descend- 
ant of Anthony, resided for many years in 
Massachusetts, and enlisted four times to 
serve in the Ivcvolutionary War. On the 
Lexington alarm roll, Ajjril 19, 1775, he ap- 
pears as a private in Josejih Moses's company, 
Colonel Samuel Bullard's regiment. His last 
days were spent in Claremont, his death oc- 
curring at the age of eighty-nine years. His 
children were: Josiah, Abraham, Isaac and 
Jacob (twins) Elizabeth, Hannah, Phcebe, and 

Abraham Fisher, son ol Jeremiah and great- 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, 
was born in Massachusetts in 1764. When 
his father joined the Continental army, he 
went to live with a Mr. Fasset, whom he ac- 



companied to the front as an attendant; and he 
was present at the battle of Bunker Hill. In 
17S5 he and his wife came on horseback from 
Natick, Mass., to Claremont; and in 1796 he 
settled upon the farm which is now occupied 
by his great-grandson, Charles A. Abraham 
Fisher was a cabinet-maker; and he followed 
his trade in connection with farming, employ- 
ing several apprentices. He possessed a great 
deal of mechanical ingenuity, being among 
the first inventors of a cooking-stove; and 
aside from his regular calling he operated a 
cider-mill, which was run by water-power. 
He was a Universalist in his religious views, 
and is said to have contributed one-sixth of 
the entire cost of the first church in Clare- 
mont of that denomination. He died on Feb- 
ruary 3, 1 85 1, aged eighty-seven years; and 
he left a fair estate. 

Josiah Fisher, only son of Abraham and 
grandfather of Charles A., was born in 
Natick, Mass., in 17S4. He learned the 
cabinet-maker's trade, and went to Rochester, 
N. Y. , where he bought a piece of land, but 
later sold it, as he was forced to leave that lo- 
cality on account of fever and ague. He set- 
tled permanently in York, N.Y. , and engaged 
in the lumber business and farming. He died 
in September, 1856. He married Orena, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Rachel Goss, and 
had a family of ten children; namely, Leon- 
ard P., Clinton, Mary, Harriet, Caroline, 
Curtis, George, Fanny, Lucy, and Josiah. 

Leonard P. Fisher, son of Josiah, was born 
in Claremont, October 6, 1807. When ten 
years old he accompanied his parents to New 
York State, where he assisted his father in 
business until he was twenty-two years old. 
He then returned to Claremont for the purpose 
of helping his grandfather, and eventually he 
inherited the homestead. He cultivated the 
farm successfully; and during the winter sea- 

son he cut and hauled timber, which he manu- 
factured at his own saw-mill into building ma- 
terial. He erected a number of houses, all of 
which are now standing. He was naturally 
cheerful, and was highly esteemed for his 
genial disposition and kind-heartedness. 
Leonard P. P"isher died December 6, 1893. 
He was an active member of the Universalist 
church and a liberal contributor toward its 
support. Nancy T. Lincoln, whom he mar- 
ried, was born in Pittsfield, Vt., May 17, 
1815, daughter of Tisdale and Elizabeth 
Lincoln. Tisdale Lincoln passed his earlier 
years in Westmoreland, N. H., but later was a 
well-known citizen of Mendon and Pittsfield, 
Vt., and the father of nine children. To 
Leonard P. and Nancy T. (Lincoln) P^isher 
were born si.\ children, as follows: Nancy 
Jane, Charles A., George L., Arba C, Al- 
bert F., and Edwin C. Nancy Jane is now 
the widow of Marvin Blood, and lives in 
Reading, Mass.; George L. was for several 
years a commission merchant in Boston and in 
New York City, where he died in June, 1890; 
Arba C. has been in a successful commission 
business in l^oston for the past twenty-five 
years; Albert F. is a photographer in Hins- 
dale, N.H. ; and Edwin C. is in the bicycle 
business in Everett, Mass. Mrs. Leonard P. 
Fisher is living at the age of eighty-two years, 
and occupies the old family residence in 

Charles A. Fisher attended the i)ublic 
schools in his boyhood, and when a young man 
he engaged in farming upon his own account 
in the eastern part of this town. He re- 
mainetl there until the tleath of his father, 
when he returned to the homestead in order to 
take charge of the property, and now resides 
in the house where his great-grandfather lived 
and died. As a practical fanner he ranks 
among the foremost in this section. In noli- 

);i()(;k.\i'iiicAL kiiVJKVv 

tics he is a Ri'piihlican. lie is a iiicnibcr 
of the I?(iar(l of Selectmen, serving in 1S94, 
l.Scjf), and 1897; and while representing this 
town in the legislature in 1S89 and 1890 lie 
served upon the Committee on Education. 

Mr. I'"isiier mairied lilizabeth Dean, daugh- 
ter of Horace Dean. They have one child, a 
daughter, Frances Emcline, who is a graduate 
of the Stevens High School of Claremont, was 
a teacher for several years, and is now the 
wife of Will J. Powers, of Brantlon, Vt. 

'AMUEI. M. TRUE, a farmer of 
^ZJi Loudon, was born liere, February 
7, 1845, son of Captain Daniel and 
Abigail D. (Jones) True, his mother coming 
from Chichester, N.H., and his father being 
a native of Eoudon. His grandfather was 
Daniel True, who came to Loudon and settled 
on Oak Hill in the town, and carried on farm- 
ing there for the remainder of his life. 

Captain Daniel True, who lived on the 
fai'iii, and there carried on farming for the 
greater part of his life, commanded a company 
in the State militia for a number of years, and 
died in March, 1861. His wife, who survived 
him until July, 1878, had si.x children — -Sam- 
uel M., John H., Charles H., James L., 
Abbie M., and Julia M. John, Charles 
H., anil James L. reside in Concord, N.H. 
Charles is engaged in the teaming business; 
James L., who is a carpenter, married Clara 
Patrick; Abbie M. died at the age of eigh- 
teen; Julia ^L, who resides in Rye, N. H., 
married Edward Downs, of that town, who 
carries on a fish business. 

Samuel M. True received a common-school 
education, remaining at home on the farm 
until he was about twenty-five years of age. 
Then he went to Concord, where he was em- 
ployed at the depot as baggage-master for one 

year. .Since then he has made his home on 
his present farm. The estate, known as the 
old Uatcheidcr farm, contains about two hun- 
dred and fifty acres. ]5csidcs effecting sundry 
improvements, he has carried on general farm- 
ing, raised some stock, and kept a dairy. 

On May 9, 1872, Mr. True married Grace 
A. Batcheldcr, of Loudon, who was born May 
9, 1850, daughter of Harmon E. and Clara M. 
(Sanborn) Batchelder, both of Loudon. Mr. 
l?atche]der, now eighty-one years old, was a 
farmer, and is now living with his daughter, 
Mrs. True. Mrs. Batchelder died in Novem- 
ber, 1895. Mr. and Mrs. True have three 
children, born as follows: Nellie A., April 
4, 1S74; Blanche M., May 27, 187S; and 
Mary E., December 7, 1884. Nellie A. i.~ 
now the wife of Dr. William A. McGrath, of 
Loudon, N.H. Blanche and Mary are at 
home with their parents. Mr. True has al- 
ways been in sympathy and voted with the Re- 
publican party. He is a Mason of Blazing 
Star Lodge, No. 11, of Concord. He also be- 
longs to the White Mountain Lodge, No. 5, 
I. O. O. F., of the same town, and to the 
Louiion Grange. He still carries on farming, 
in which he is very successful. 

\p I well-known litterateur residing in 
Lempster, N.H., was born February 
28, 1 84 1, in Newburyport, ^L^ss. His par- 
ents, Robert and Charlotte (Merrill) Griffith, 
were both natives of that town, with whose 
mercantile interests his paternal grandfather, 
who also bore the name Robert, was for many 
years identified. The elder Robert Griflfith 
married Nancy Bartlett, a native of West 
Newbury; and their family of seven children 
were as follows: Rufus, Robert, Augustus, 
Isaac, Angel ine, Henrietta, and Elizabeth. 



Robert Griffith, Jr., George B. Grififith's 
father, was reared and educated in Newbiiry- 
port ; and when a young man he entered the 
clothing business. He displayed a natural 
capacity for business pursuits, which gave 
unusually bright prospects for his future suc- 
cess; but he was not permitted to realize these 
anticipations, as his death occurred in August, 
1S49, when he was but thirty years old. His 
wife, Charlotte Merrill, who was a daughter 
of Samuel Merrill, died January 31, 1897. 
She was the mother of four children, namely: 
George B., the subject of this sketch; Robert; 
Willie; and Nancy, who died at the age of 
seventeen years. 

George Bancroft Griffith resided in Ncw- 
buryport until after his father's death, when 
he accompanied his mother to the neighboring 
town of Rowley, Mass. After graduating 
from Dummer Academy, South Byfield, Mass., 
he entered mercantile pursuits as a clerk in 
Newburyport. A short time later he went to 
Haverhill, where he was employed for some 
two years in a grocery store kept by David 
P2mery ; and he subsequently engaged in that 
business upon his own account. On May 25, 
1863, he enlisted as a private in Company A, 
First Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer 
Artillery, and was eventually appointed by 
General Grant to serve in the medical depart- 
ment as hospital steward. He was discharged 
at Concord, N.ll., in September, 1865. 
After hisTeturn from the army he resided in 
Charlestown, Mass., for some years; and in 
1S75 he removed to Lemi^ster, Sullivan 
County, N.ll., where for two years he was en- 
gaged in the lumber business. In 1879 ''"^ 
purchased the Timothy Bruce place, which he 
now occupies, and since taking possession has 
made various improvements in the property. 

Mr. Griffith's poetic genius began to de- 
velop when he was ten years old, at which 

time his first poem was printed. He has 
written frequently both in prose and verse, 
and many of his pieces have been illustrated, 
and some set to music. Many of his produc- 
tions have been given to the world through 
the columns of the Youth's Covipanion, St. 
Nicholas^ C/iristiaii U'ori-, New York Indepen- 
dent., New York Observer., and other well- 
known periodicals: and several maybe found 
in "Poems of Places," edited by Longfellow, 
in Drake's "Legends of New England," in 
"The Scholar's Speaker," "Poets of Amer- 
ica," "Wayside L'lowers, " and other stand- 
ard collections of verse. His reputation thus 
extends far beyond the limits of the New 
Kngland States. An extended biographical 
sketch of Mr. Griffith, with a portrait, ap- 
peared a few years since in the Boston Home 
Guest, and more recently in the MagarAne of 
Poetry, Buffalo, N.Y. , and in two anthologies 
published in Chicago. The leading elocution- 
ists of America are using Mr. Griffith's poems 
in their readings; and his "Swiss Good 
Night,'' which is extremely popular, has been 
translated into several languages. Mr. 
Griffith has been engaged for years in editing 
a large work on the poets of Massachusetts, 
and contemplates publishing a volume of his 
own miscellaneous poems at an early day, to 
be followed by a collection of his local poems 
in New Hampshire. In 1888 he finished the 
compilation of "The Poets of Maine," which 
was issued in Portland; and the work has se- 
cured for its compiler the unanimous praise of 
its readers as a most excellent judge of the 
best efforts of Maine's poetical writers. 

On September i, 1861, Mr. Griffith was 
united in marriage with Anna S. Howe. She 
was born in Bradford, N.IL, January 3, 1842, 
daughter of Lyman C. and Sophronia (Bart- 
lett) Howe, the former of whom was a native 
of Hcnniker, N.IL, and the latter was boin in 




Newbuiypoil, Mnss. Mrs. Griffith's parents 
resided for many years in 15radford, N. II., 
where lier father was engaged in agricultural 
])ur.suits. Lyman C. Howe died in April, 
186S; and his wife died in December, i.SSr. 
They reared five children, as follows: Moses 
]{., who died at the age of forty-four years; 
Micah C. , wlio manicd llattie Smith, of Ilen- 
niker, N.Ii., and is now a retired farmer of 
that town; George L., proprietor of a restau- 
rant in Saco, Me., who married for his first 
wife Lllen ]5agley and for his second wife 
Martha Fletcher, of Gardner, Mass.; Anna S. , 
who is now Mrs. Griffith; and Jason C, who 
is residing in Contoocook, N.II. 

Mr. and Mrs. Griffith have five children, 
namely: Agnes Irving, born January i6, 
1863; Mortimer, born September 4, 
1S65; Annie V., born August 11, i86<S; 
Charles Warren, born September 4, 1869; and 
I'earlette, born September 20, 1872. Agnes 
Irving married C. C. Richardson, a native of 
Lempster and a travelling salesman for a 
Lowell house. They reside in Melrose High- 
lands, and have had four children: Margaret 
C.; I'jhnund I!., who is no longer living; I^il- 
lian v.; and Elizabeth. Emma M. married 
for her first husband the Rev. Charles flenry 
Leet,' of Claremont, N.IL, a Methodist minis- 
ter. He died May 27, 1S90; and she is now 
the wife of Willard Whitehouse, an engineer of 
Manchester, N.II. y\nnie V. married Charles 
Cragin, a prosperous farmer of Lempster. 
Charles Warren is a caterer in Fitchburg, 
Mass. He married Martha Simmons, of 
Ashby. Mass. , and has one daughter, Violet, 
born in Ma)', 1892. Pearlette married L. 
De.xter Isham, of the Vermont Central Rail- 
road, May 13, 1897, and resides at Bellows 

Mr. Griffith is connected with St. John 
Lodge, V. & A. M., of Portsmouth, and is also 

a member of the Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic and an official of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. Politically, he is a Republican; and 
he was Postmaster at East Lempster in the 
years 1S83 and 1884. 

ENRY McCOY, proprietor of the 
Pradford Mineral Springs and the 
-^ V , Bradford Springs Hotel at Brad- 
ford, .N.IL, entertains each season large num- 
bers of guests from New England and various 
other sections of the country. Bradford 
Spring Park is located in the town of Brad- 
ford, about a mile from the village of East 
Washington, and comprises upward of forty 
acres of land, including Lovewell Lake, which 
in the summer is alive with gay parties of 
hotel visitors using the pleasure boats pro- 
vided for them. The spring was first heard 
of by the white inhabitants in 1770, when 
some of them passing that way saw a group of 
Indians encamped with their sick around the 
"big medicine water," as they termed it. 
The water has since been thoroughly analyzed 
by Y)v. Jackson, the eminent Boston chemist, 
who found in it carbonate of soda, magnesia, 
lime, chloride of sodium, potassium, sulphate 
of lime, oxide of iron, and alumina, sulphur, 
organic matter, and carbonic acid, an analysis 
that was sustained in every particular by Dr. 
Richards, of Poughkeejisie, N.Y. The owners 
of the spring, having found that the waters 
issue through a seam in the solid ledge at the 
rate of thirty-five gallons per minute, have so 
enclosed the fissure that no outside water can 
possibly mix with and contaminate the spring 
water, which is especially useful in the cure 
of all skin diseases, very efficacious in the 
cure of catarrh in any form, has been success- 
fully used in very bad cases of rheumatism 
and malaria, has wonderful effects in cases 



of dyspepsia and indigestion, and vvorlcs like 
a cliarm upon congested liver, kidney, or 

In i8Si Mr. McCoy purchased this prop- 
erty, which he has since greatly improved. 
The old hotel, the Hermitage, was built in 
1858; but, it being far too small to accommo- 
date its numerous patrons, the present owner 
doubled the capacity of the dining-room, 
added an annex containing twenty-si.x sleep- 
ing-rooms, and built a cottage of four rooms, 
thus increasing the number of rooms in the 
hotel to seventy-five. He has also erected the 
spring-house, a handsome octagonal building, 
and a bath-house of three rooms, besides mak- 
ing many other substantial improvements. 
He reorganized the establishment on a 
strictly temperance plan, and keeps no help 
that use into.xicants of any kind, making the 
place an ideal resort for temperance people. 
Connected with the hotel is an extensive 
livery, and during the pleasure season he has 
carriages at the Bradford station on the arrival 
of the train that leaves Boston, via the Boston 
& Lowell Railway, at one o'clock p.m. The 
waters of the spring are in demand in many 
different parts of the country, and a good busi- 
ness is done in shipping it. Mr. McCoy's 
farm of sixty acres, with a dairy of ten cows, 
insures to guests an abundant supply of fresh 
vegetables and pure milk and cream. 

Mr. McCoy was born July 31, 1829, in 
Sharon, N.ll., a son of Thomas and Lucy 
(Sanderson) McCoy, and on the paternal side 
is of Scotch descent. His paternal grand- 
father, Gilbert McCoy, is said to have been 
born and reared in Scotland, whence, after 
learning the weaver's trade, he emigrated to 
New England, locating in Londonderry, this 
State, and subsequently marrying Lucy 
Stewart, of I'eterboro. 

Henry McCoy lived on the home farm until 

of age, when he struck out for himself, his 
first important step in his onward career being 
to secure a helpmate. He subsequently en- 
gaged in the grocery and provision business 
for some years in Boston, Mass., after which 
for twenty-nine years he confined himself en- 
tirely to the sale of provisions. In 1881 he 
b(night his present property in Bradford, as 
above mentioned, but continued his market for 
another year. His hotel business has since 
assumed such large proportions that it re- 
quires his entire time and attention. 

Mr. McCoy married January 8, 1S50, Eliz- 
abeth Sayward Crane, who was born in Wash- 
ington, Sullivan County, N. IL, a daughter cf 
James and Fanny D. (Sayward) Crane. Her 
father was a native of Washington, the son of 
pioneer parents in that town, his father, Jo- 
seph Crane, having been born in Milton, 
Mass., and liis mother, Deliverance Mills 
Crane, having been born in Needham, Mass. 
Mr. and Mrs. McCoy have had but one child, 
a daughter, Ella. She married Ileniy M. 
Nichols, who was a soldier in the war of the 
Rebellion. Both are now deceased: but their 
son, Bertram Henry Nichols, has always lived 
with his grandparents. He married Belle 
Strickland; and they have one chiUl, Ella Cora 

During the late Civil War Mr. McCoy, the 
subject of this sketch, went South to assist the 
Christian Commission in caring for the 
wounded, bringing them home if advisable; 
and for some time he was in the army hospi- 
tal at City Point, Va. Mrs. McCoy was one 
of the Executive Committee for nine years of 
the Home for Discharged Soldiers in Boston, 
the sick or wounded soldiers during the war 
times being sent there from the front to be 
cared for. Mrs. McCoy rendered most willing 
service in any needed direction, making, for 
instance, not to mention many other labf)rs, 



iMirial rolx's fur nearly eight huiulrcd scldiers, 
vvlio were broiiglit there to die. 

Mr. McCoy is a strong TrohilMtionist, and 
Mrs. McCoy lias for years been an active 
worker in the temperance cause. She was for 
ten years President of the South Boston organ- 
ization of the W. C. T. U., and Treasurer of 
the State \V. C. T, U., holding that office at 
the time Mrs. Li\ermore was President of the 
State W. C. T. U. In 1885 she organized the 
W. C. T. U. of Washington, N.H., and has 
been very active in carrying out the plans for 
the VV. C. T. U. State fairs. Both Mr. and 
Mrs. McCoy united with the Baptist Church of 
Petcrl)oro when young, and were afterward 
connectcti with the church of that denomina- 
tion in South Boston, in which he served as 
Deacon, and had a class of thirty-five young 
men, also for a time acting as superintendent 
of the Sunday-school. Both are now members 
of the ]5aptist church at I'^ast Washington, Mr. 
McCoy, who has been a church official most 
of the time since eighteen years old, being 
Deacon of the church. He is also a member 
of the church choir, tiiere having been few 
Sundays since he was thirteen years old when 
his voice has not been heard with the church 
singers. He has likewise been quite promi- 
nent in the work of the Y. M. C. A., of which 
he was for some years the President. In his 
earlier life Mr. McCoy taught school for some 
years, beginning at the age of seventeen, and 
being employed in New Boston, Marlboro, 
Sliaron, anil Peterboro, N.H. 


'^ i:\J.\MIN F. MAXFIELD, one of 
the farmers of Loudon township, 
was born in Gilmanton, N. H., 
March 22, 1828, son of ICnoch and Sal lie 
(Thompson) Maxfield. The father, a farmer 
of Gilmanton, was a native of Chichester; and 

the mother was from .Xortbfieid, N.H. Their 
children were: Oliver, now deceased, who mar- 
ried .Sobrina Ann Towle; Benjamin I*'., the 
subject of this article; CIcarsy, deceased; 
Laura, also decea.scd, who became the wife of 
Cyrus Jones; B. Jennie, who is the wife of 
Thomas Tate, and now lives in Kockport, Mass. ; 
Charles H., deceased; Hiram, deceased, who 
successively married Mary K. Flanders and 
Mary Page, both now decca.sed ; John, who 
married Affiah Page, and is a farmer in Gil- 
manton ; Rachel, the wife of Abram Burham, 
a ship-carpenter of lisse.v, now deceased; 
Edwin, who married Laura J. Sanborn, and 
lives in Gilmanton; and Abbie, the youngest, 
who died at the age of nineteen years. 

Having received his education in the town 
.schools, Benjamin I-'. Ma.xfield at the age of 
fifteen went tf) Loudon Ridge, where he en 
gaged in farming for four years. He tried 
railroading for a short period after this, but 
returned to town and spent a year on the farm 
of Deacon Brown. His ne.xt employment was 
on the farm of Mrs. Mary I-'rench, which he 
subsequently bought. Starting as a farm 
hand, with but thirty-five cents that he could 
call his own, by the closest economy he was 
able to put by enough money to buy the farm 
and become independent for life. He and his 
wife now own about two hundred acres. In 
addition to his general farming he carries on 
fruit-raising and stock-raising. 

On July 23, 1862, Mr. Maxfield married 
Miss Juliette P'rench, daughter of Daniel S. 
and Ann B. (Neal) French, of Loudon. Her 
father, a cooper early in life, afterward settled 
upon a farm in Loudon, where he died August 
2, 1S41. He left three children: Vienna 
Jane, deceased; Juliette, who was born No- 
vember ig, 1835; and Ann Augusta. Mr. 
and Mrs. Ma.xfield had one child — Dannie F., 
who died in infancy. Mr. Maxfield owns 

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some of the finest houses in the township. 
Formerly a Democrat in politics, he is now a 
Republican. He has never aspired to office. 
Mrs. Maxfield is a member of the Free Will 
Baptist church, in which both take an active 

i\c\}f ILIAAM T. THISSELL, a promi- 
nent farmer of Goshen and an ex- 
member of the legislature, was born 
in Newbury, N.H., February 25, 1838, son 
of Hiram and Jane (Collins) Thissell. His 
grandfather, Henry Thissell, who was a 
native of ]5everly, Mass., followed the sea for 
a number of years. On one occasion in this 
period of his life, when his ship was off the 
Russian coast, he with others of the crew went 
ashore, and on ascending a high hill they 
obtained a view of the army with which Na- 
poleon Bonaparte was invading Russia. He 
finally settled upon a farm in Newbury, N. H., 
and there resided for the rest of his life. He 
married Elizabeth Thissell, of Beverly, and 
reared a family of si.x children. 

Hiram Thissell, father of William T., was 
born in Newbury, and reared to farm life. 
He followed agriculture exclusively for several 
years in his native town, and was then engaged 
in a mercantile business in Lempster and 
Washington. His last days were passed in 
Goshen. In politics he supported the Demo- 
cratic party, and he served as Town Clerk in 
Washington for several years. He died Jan- 
uary 25, 1893. His first wife, Jane Collins 
Thissell, a native of Newbury, was a daughter 
of Richard Collins, a well-known farmer of 
that town in his day. She died March 27, 
1877. His second wife, who was before mar- 
riage Jane Webster, of Acworth, N.II., died 
April 2, 1884. He married for his third wife 
Melinda Mitchell, a native of Nova Scotia. 
She survives him, and is residing in Goshen. 

Hiram and Jane (Collins) Thissell were the 
parents of six children — William T. , Earl A., 
Ambrose J., Mary Jane, Albanus C. , and Ova 
N. Earl A. Thissell is connected with the 
Shaw Knitting Company, of Lowell, Mass., 
and is also interested in an oil and gas com- 
pany, doing business in Florence and Boston, 
Mass., and in Ohio. He married Nellie 
Cater, of Lowell, who is now deceased. His 
only son, Bertrand A., is a veterinary surgeon 
of Boston. Ambrose J. Thissell is a merchant 
and farmer in Lowell, Mass. He wedded 
Mary O. Clark, of Oswego, N. Y. ; and she 
died leaving no children. Mar}' Jane married 
Supply I^arney, of Washington, N. H. She 
died February 15, 1897, leaving two children. 
Albanus C, who was a merchant, is also de- 
ceased. Ova N. , who is in mercantile busi- 
ness in Lowell, married Clara V. Bawlding, of 
that city, and has three children. 

William T. Thissell was educated in the 
common and high schools. He remained at 
home until he was twenty years old, at which 
time he engaged in buying and shipping jiota- 
toes. He has also [leddled upon the road. 
Lempster was his headquarters until 1885, 
when he purchased his present farm of two 
hundred acres, situated in .South Goshen. He 
carries on general farming and dairying, raises 
poultry, and sells a large quantity of eggs an- 
nually. In politics he is a Democrat. He 
was a member of the Board of Selectmen in 
Lempster for seven years, represented that 
town in the legislature during the sessions of 
1873 and 1874, was a member of the School 
Board, was on the Library Committee, and has 
been a Justice of the Peace for more than 
twenty-five years. At the present time he is 
serving as Town Auditor in Goshen. 

Mr. Thissell has been twice married. On 
the first occasion, September 20, 1865, he 
wedded Mary A. Nichols, of Lempster, daugh- 

I!l()(;i< M'lllCAI, k K\' I I'.W 

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tLT i)f 'riniiitby and Amelia ((jmilil; Nicliols. 
Tlic father was burn in liiat town, and the 
mother in Claremont, N.J I. Mr. Thisscll'.s 
first wife died ]3ecember 19, iHGj. On Janu-. 
ary 22, I1S72, lie niariied A.\ic L. , danghter 
of Cyrus and Roxanna (Twist) Leach, of 
Newbury. She died October 9, 1896. Mr. 
Thissell is connected with Forest Lodge, No. 
61, I. O. O. F. , of Marlow; with Mount 
Sunapee Grange, No. 144, Patrons of Hus- 
bandry, of which he has been Master and 
Chaplain; and with the Knights of Honor. 
In his reliLiious views he is a Universalist. 

/^2)lLMAN B. KIMBALL, a resident of 
\ f5 I Mcjpkinton and one of the most pros- 
perous and progressive agriculturists 
of Merrimack County, comes of pioneer an- 
cestry. His paternal grandfather, Nathaniel 
Kimball, born here July 23, 1786, was the 
second owner of the present homestead. With 
the exception of two or three years s]ient in 
New Londini, this State, Nathaniel lived on 
it from the time of his marriage until his 
death, which occurred November 27, iHGg. 
II<," and Betsey Titcomb, who was born Janu- 
ary 27, 1794, were married March 7, 1X15, by 
the Rev. B. Darling. She was an active, 
thrifty housewife, anil noted for her manufact- 
ures of silk, as shown on page 150 of "Life 
and Times," compiled by C. C. Lord. She 
died February 7, 1S56, having been the mother 
of three children. The latter were: Cyrus T., 
born December 22, 1815, who lived but a year; 
Moses T. , the father of Gilman B. ; and I'ris- 
cilla, who died at the age of two years. 

Moses T. Kimball was born April 12, 18 17, 
during the residence of his parents in New 
London, and died in Hopkinton, April 19, 
1874. He was reared on the home farm, 
which became his by inheritance, assuming 

its management before the death of his parents, 
whom he cared for during their declining 
years. The present house, all of which is 
more than one hundred years old, was built at 
different periods of time, l)oth the father and 
grandfather of Moses having added to the 
original residence. One of his aunts, a sister 
of Nathaniel Kimball, named Hannah, was 
born in this house in 1773, and died within its 
walls in 1863, aged ninety years. Moses T. 
Kimball was an industrious, prudent man, wise 
in his business methods and sound in his 
judgments. He acquired quite a property. 
After giving a tract of land to each of his 
daughters, he owned at his death, in addition 
to the homestead of one hundred and twenty 
acres, one hundred acres in Hopkinton and 
fifty acres of pasture in Bradford. He did a 
good deal of lumbering in his earlier life, cut- 
ting logs from his own land and hauling them 
to the river, where he sold them. He was 
prominent in the town and a leader in the 
Democratic party, which the Kimball family 
have invariably supported. He was a lifelong 
member of the liaptist church, in which for 
many a )ear ''Gransir" Kimball was one of 
the pillars. He was twice married. On May 
I, 1842, by the Rev. S. Cook, he was united 
in marriage with Harriet Emerson, of this 
town. She died a few years later, leaving 
two daughters, namely: Priscilla, born Janu- 
ary 30, 1S45, ^^'tio is t'l"^ widow of J. G. 
Highland, and lives on the old Smith farm; 
and 1^1 len L. , born Mar^-h 13, 1846, who 
married Philander M. Lord, of Dunbarton. 
On November 17, 1S52, Moses T. Kimball 
married Mary F. Smith, who was born March 
17, 1820. Her birthplace was the farm in 
Hojikinton, on the Jewett road, now owned by 
Mrs. J. G. Highland, and of which her grand- 
father, Moody Smith, was the original owner. 
Her parents, Josiah and Sarah (Bailey) Smith, 



were both natives of Hopkinton, and her father 
resided throughout the seventy years of his 
life in the house in which he was born. The 
children of Mrs. Moses T. Kimball were: 
Gilman B. and Herbert M. 

Gilman B. Kimball was born September 23, 
1854, on the farm where he now resides. 
Since the age of fourteen years he has virt- 
tually had charge of it, his father having been 
an invalid in the last five years of his life. 
He and his brother have been extensively 
engaged in the various branches of agriculture, 
and have greatly increased the acreage of the 
original ancestral estate by the purchase of 
other land, in many cases buying entire farms. 
They bought for eighteen hundred dollars the 
Charles Merrill farm of eighty acres, on 
which Herbert for a while resided. They 
owned the Colonel Colby farm of sixty acres 
for a time; and a few years since they 
bought for two thousand eight hundred dollars 
the large and well-improved farm of John 
Page, on which were buildings that cost six 
thousand dollars to erect. The last purchase 
was effected in October, 1893, when the seller 
was a man to whom the property was knocked 
down at auction for three thousand dollars, 
and who gave them two hundred dollars to 
take it off his hands. That was one of the 
greatest bargains of the times, the estate 
being one of the finest in Hopkinton or Con- 
cord, containing much land valuable for tillage, 
excellent pasturage, and a good piece of timber. 
Herbert now lives on that farm, where he 
keeps a large dairy of fifty cows and supplies 
a long milk route. 

Gilman ]i. Kimball also pays much atten- 
tion to dairying, having twenty cows of a good 
grade and a profitable milk route. P'or nearly 
two years he has been somewhat of an invalid, 
not able to do much manual labor, employing 
trusty help for that, while he has general 

superintendence of the farm. He has never 
married; and he resides with his mother, a 
very bright and active \voman, who has contin- 
ued her residence on the homestead. She is a 
most estimable Christian woman and a con- 
sistent member of the Congregational church. 

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EXTER PEABODY, a well-known 
farmer of Newport, was born on the 
farm where he now resides, Decem- 
ber 14, 1S22, son of Ammi and Sarah (John- 
son) Peabody. A carefully arranged family 
tree kept by Mr. Peabody shows that the dif- 
ferent branches of the family sprung from 
Francis Peabody, who was born in PLngland 
in 16 14. P'rancis had a son John, born in 
1642, who had a son David, born in 1673, 
who had John, born in 1714, who was the 
great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch. 
Jedediah Peabody, son of the last John and 
grandfather of the present Mr. Peabody, born 
near Boxford in 1743, was a well-to-do farmer. 
The first part of his life was spent in Henni- 
ker, and the latter in Lebanon, where he died 
after a long and active life. He was a soldier 
in the Revolutionary War. By his wife, Alice 
Howlett Peabody, he was the father of 
eleven children, all of whom grew up. They 
were born as follows : Lydin, in 1767; Ammi, 
in 1769; Mary, in 1771; Moses, in 1773; 
Susanna, in 1775; Thomas, in 1777; Alice, 
in 1779; Andrew, in 1782; P'rcderick, in 
17S5; John, in 1787; and JV'tsy, in 1789. 

Ammi Peabody, who was a native of Box- 
ford, Mass., came to Newport in 1796, and 
settled on the farm where Dexter Peabody 
now lives. There were no roads then, and he 
was obliged to cut the first tree in making a 
clearing. He had the true pioneer spirit, 
however, and persevered, building a small 
frame house and gradually bringing oidei' out 



of chaos ill ix'spuct to the condition of the 
html. 1 Ic owned sinncwliat over one huiuli-ed 
acres, and was an energetic and successful 
man. Ammi first married Polly Rice, of 
Ilenniivcr, N.II., who was the mother of two 
children— Lucy and Martha. Ilis second 
wife, Sarah Johnson I'eabody, born in Giiil- 
foid, Conn., in 1780, had twelve children, all 
of wlioni lived to maturity. l^oth he and 
Sarah were members of the Congregational 
church. In politics he was a Whig. For the 
last thirty-five years of his life he was blind, 
lie died in Newport in US45. Four of his 
fourteen children are now living, namely: 
Charles, who graduated at Dartmouth College, 
and is a Congregational minister, now residing 
in Pasadena, Cal. ; Leonard \V. , a graduate of 
Castleton (Vt. ) Medical College, and-a physi- 
cian of Henniker, N.II. ; Helen, a graduate 
of .South Hadley, Mass., who was principal 
of the Westei'n P'eniale Seminary of Oxford, 
Ohio, for more than thirty years and now lives 
in Pasadena; and De.xter, the subject of this 
article. The other children were: Ascnath, 
Carroll W., Lucy, Martha, Calvin, Rue), 
Maria, Frederick, Sarah, and Eliza. 

De.xter I'eabody passed an uneventful boy- 
hootl on the old home farm, receiving the ed- 
ucation which the town schools afforded. 
While his brothers and sisters one by one went 
away from home, he remained and took charge 
of the iilace, and cared for his parents in their 
declining years. After the death of both he 
bought out the other heirs, and settled down 
there, and has lived in the same spot ever 
since. It bears the name of Valley View 
Farm. A more beautiful situation cannot 
easily be found. The house stands on a noble 
height rising from a lovely valley, and a fine 
background is afforded by the dark blue 
mountains and hills. It is considered one of 
the finest bits of scenery in the district. 

The land embraces about two hundred acres, 
and everything is kept in the most orderly 
manner, and gives evidence of thrift and enter- 
prise. Mr. Pcabody is a member of the 
Patrons of Husbandry at Newport. Hoth he 
and his wife are members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, while in iiolitics he is a 

Mr. I'eabody was married in 1848 to Mary 
IC. , daughter of Jabez and Sally (IJixby) Fair- 
banks, and a sister of George H. Fairbanks, 
who is the subject of another sketch. She 
ilied October 12, 1873, leaving three sons, 
two of whom are now living. The latter are: 
Charles 1""., born August 14, 1S49, now en- 
gaged in the furniture and undertaking business 
in Iowa; and I" rank G., born December 29, 
i860, also residing in Iowa, and engaged in 
the same business as his brother. Wilber, 
born August 19, 1852, died in Pasadena, Cal., 
in 1893. Mr. Peabody was again married 
September 24, 1874, to Martha S. Moore, who 
was born in Putney, Vt. , March 21, 1841, 
daughter of Curtis and Mary (Dodge) Moore. 
There were two children by the second mar- 
riage — Ralph C. and Helen M. Ralph was 
born June 29, 1880, and is at home. The 
daughter, Helen, was born April 13, 1876, 
and died P'ebruary 19, 1879. Taking a 
warrantable pride in his ancestry, Mr. Pea- 
body is an active member of the Peabody As- 
sociation, and attended the reunion of its 
members. The hospitality dispensed in the 
Peabody household by him and his estimable 
wife is of the traditional New England charac- 
ter, marked by a delightful freedom and abun- 


(B iii.w o. .VI v^i\i\i j^i^, a prominent 
f=/ lumberman and farmer, was born 
_ V_ ^ in Canterbury, January 20, 1846, 
son of Captain David and Sallie (Peverly) 



Moirill. The grandfather, Reuben Morrill, 
was a well-known farmer of Canterbury- The 
father was also a farmer, and largely interested 
in lumber. He was a Captain in the militia. 
His wife w-as the widow of John Kimball, and 
his children were: George P., who married 
Abbie Emery; and Milo S. , the subject of 
this sketch. He died April 6, 1893. 

Mr. Morrill received a common-school edu- 
cation. He lived at home, taking care of his 
parents on the old farm. Upon the death of 
his father he was left a si.xth-interest in the 
homestead. Three years after he purchased 
the rest of the estate. The buildings on the 
property, which contains about five hundred 
acres, were erected by his father and grand- 
father. He also stocks a steam-mill located 
near his house, and where he employs a num- 
ber of men. Though he is a general farmer 
and does a small dairy business, the largest 
part of his income is derived from the lumber 
business, in which he is extensively engaged. 
He has never married. His nephew, Charles 
E. Morrill, with his wife Ida Marsh Morrill, 
lives with him and helps to carry on the farm. 
Mr. Morrill is a member of the Free Baptist 
church. A supporter of the Republican party 
in ]i()litics, he is no ofifice-seeker. It is well 
known that he has worked hard for the success 
which has been his, and he is accordingly 
resijected throughout the township and county. 



^-N| I ential resident of Hopkinton, born in 
~^' Iioston, July 31, i>S'45, is a son of John 
Shackford and Mary (Stevens) Kimball, of 
wiiom an account will be found on another 
page. He was educated at the Phillips Gram- 
niar .School in Boston, at IL>pkintoii Academy, 
and at I'aghconic histitute, Lanesboro, Mass. 
The old Hopkinton Academy, under the prin- 

ciiialshipof Professor Dyer Sanborn, the author 
of Sanborn's Grammar, was quite a famous in- 
stitution. Among its students who afterward 
became famous were Benjamin F. Butler, 
Salmon P. Chase, and Grace Fletcher. Grace 
Fletcher became the wife of Daniel Webster. 
When he was but fourteen years of age, he 
began to earn his living in the employment of 
J. C. Converse & Co., Boston, Mass. .Subse- 
quently he worked for George S. Winslow 
& Co. In iS6r he went to Burlington, la., 
where he was employed by his father in the 
business conducted by J. .S. Kimball & Co. 
In 1866-67 lis was second in charge of the 
notion or smallwares department of George 
Bliss & Co., of New York City. From 1867 
to 1869 he was a member of the firm of Parker, 
I-Sacor), Kimball & Co., wholesale dry-goods 
dealers of Boston. In 1869, with his brother, 
Robert R. Kimball, he enterctl the small- 
wares and hosiery trade, under the stj'le of 
Kimball & Co., locating .in WinthroiJ Scpiare, 
Boston. They were burned out in the great 
fire of 1872, which laid waste a large portion 
of Boston, losing one-half the stock and some 
of the light insurance they had on it through 
companies that failed. Mr. Kimball, how- 
ever, was not to be defeated. .Soon after, 
going with George H. Pearl & Co., dry-goods 
commission merchants, he gradually recovered 
himself financially. In 1875 he came to 
Hopkinton, and here engaged in business with 
the stock of the two or tliree stores he and his 
brother had in Jioston. This venture was car- 
licil on iirosperously for six or eight )'cars. In 
1879 Mr. Kimball was elected Registrar of 
Deeds, in which capacity he served till 1S81. 
In that period he arranged the index that has 
l)een in constant use since. He was sent to 
the legislature in 1883 to represent Hopkin- 
ton, and was Chairman of the Committee on 
Itlections. In politics a Re]niblican, he takes 



ail at'tivc iiUcrcst in alTaiis. lie has Ijl'ch 
Secretary of tlic Ilopkinluii Ivupiiblican Club 
for twenty-five years; and he has long been a 
prominent figure in both State and county con- 
ventions, often serving on comniittees. 

In 1878, December 3, Mr. Kiml^all married 
Clara l-'rcnch, a daughter of Reuben K. and 
Sarah (Chase) l*''rench, of Ilopkinton. She 
died November 19, 1879. II er sister, Mar- 
garet A. I'rench, became his second wife No- 
vember 7, 1888. There was one son by the 
first marriage, John I'rescott Kimball, now a 
young man of seventeen and a student at 
Holderness. Harold Chase Kimball was born 
of the second marriage. The present Mrs. 
Kimball is a member of the Congregational 
church. Mr. Kimball, though a member of 
Mount Lebanon Lodge of Masons in Boston, 
is not especially devoted to lodge affairs. He 
is deeply interested in local institutions, such 
as the Free Library, the New Hampshire and 
the Antiquarian Society. He has served for 
several years as Trial Justice of the Peace, and 
in very many ways has been a public bene- 
factor to this town. His residence in Ilop- 
kinton is one of the most beautiful in that 


AVID F. DUDLEY, a prominent 
lawyer of Concord, was born in 
China, Me., October 17, 1857, son 
of Matthew I'", and Patience A. (Hutchins) 
Dudley. John Dudley, his grandfather, was 
a native of Kennebec County, where he passed 
the greater part of his life in farming. The 
maiden name of John's wife was lumice 
Win slow. 

Matthew V. Dudley, also a native of China, 
Me., was a farmer in that town, ami died there 
when he was forty-eight years old. He mar- 
ried Patience A. Hutchins, daughter of James 
Hutchins, and had a family of three children. were: Charles IC. , who died when six- 
teen years of age; Cynthia J., now deceased, 
who married John R. Meader, and had three 
children; and David F., the subject <<( Uii^ 

When a boy David F. Dudley attended the 
schools of Saco and Hiddcford for a time. 
After his father's death his mother married 
again; and he removed to New Market, N.H. 
After graduating from I'embroke Academy in 
the class of 1879, he spent some time in the 
occupation of school teacher. Having chosen 
the law for his profession in life, he subse- 
quently entered the office of Leach & Stevens, 
where he remained three years. In August, 
1883, he was admitted to the Merrimack 
County bar, and began the practice of law in 
Concord, where he has since been actively 
engaged in his profession^ Having won the 
confidence and good will of his fellow-towns- 
men, he was elected to the City Council in 
1884 and 1889, and to the Board of Aldermen 
in 1894. In politics he is a Republican, and 
he cast his first Presidential vote for General 
Garfield in 1880. Pie belongs to the Masonic 
fraternity and to the Order of Odd Fellows of 
Concord. He married Blanche L. Fowler, 
daughter of Trueworthy L. and Catherine L. 
Sargent; and he has four children — Gale, 
Trueworthy F. , Roy, and I^thel ]\Iay. They 
have a charming residence at Penacook. 

ri'^US 1L'\LL, a representative resi- 
dent of Grantham, was born in this 
town, March iS, 1844, son of Adol- 
phus and Sally (Leavitt) Hall. The family is 
descended from Edward Hall, who came from 
pjigland in 1636, and settled in Du.xbury, 
Mass., then under the control of the Plymouth 
Company. Edward lived in different places in 
Massachusetts, and was one of the sturdy 



pioneers of "ye olden tyme " who laid the 
foundations of the nation. Abijah Hall, great- 
grandfather of Rufus Hall, who was born in 
June, 1754, lost his life by drowning in 1S12. 
He lived in Croydon, his father being the 
first of the name in that town. Abijah's son, 
Amasa, born in Croydon, February 17, 17S9, 
died August 23, i86g. Amasa, a prosperous 
farmer, was e.Ntensively engaged in sheep rais- 
ing. He fought in the War of 1812, and rep- 
resented Croydon in the legislature in 1S24 
and 1825. In 1829 he moved to Grantham, 
where he was the first of the name to settle. 
He served the town in the office of Selectman 
for eight years, represented it in General 
Court in 1S32, 1S34, 1835, and 1836, and 
was Commissioner for Sullivan County in 
1 841. As a business man he was noted for 
energy and enterprise. He married Rebecca 
Lamson Melendy, and had a family of three 
children — Rufus, Sally, and Adolphus. 
Rufus, born in Croydon, October 3, 1813, died 
January 13, 1 82 1. -Sally R., born January i, 
1 8 16, married Converse Smith, of Plainfield. 
Adolphus Hall, father of Rufus, was born at 
Croydon, December 7, 181 1, and died October 
12, 1876. He worked with his father on the 
home farm as long as the latter lived, and upon 
his death took the farm under his own manage- 
ment. He became one of the most influential 
men of the town, and occupied almost every 
position in its public service. From 1859 to 
1862 he was Selectman; in i860 and 1S61, 
legislative Representative; in 1865 and i866, 
Treasurer of Sullivan County. During three 
years he was County Commissioner, and he 
was ser\ing in that office and in the capacity 
of Selectman at the time of his death. In 
religion he favored Methodism. His wife, 
Sally, who was born in 18 10, died in 1875. 
Their two children were: Rufus and ICloisa. 
The latter, born in Grantham, July 7, 1848, 

was twice married. Her first husband was 
Jesse Morse, of this town, a lumber dealer. 
By this marriage she had two children — 
Blanche and Zclla. Her second hubsand was 
William H. Howard, a farmer and one of the 
Selectmen. She has borne him one child. 

After leaving school, Rufus Hall worked 
on his father's farm and assisted also in the 
large general store his father at that time 
owned. At the end of three years he bought 
the store from his father, and afterward man- 
aged it successfully for si.x years. He then 
engaged in farming for a number of years. 
Also, in company with his father, he bought 
a lumber and grist mill, which was operated 
until the death of the elder Mr. Hall. I'"rom 
that time until 1882 Mr. Rufus Hall con- 
ducted a farm. He was engaged in general 
trade at Croydon from 1882 to iSgi, since 
which time he has farmed. Also, after that 
time, he was employed in the capacity of sales- 
man for four years. For a number of years he 
was a Director of the First National Bank at 
Newport. Mr. Hall has worthily sustained 
the family traditions by filling most creditably 
the various public offices intrusted to him by 
his townsmen. He was elected Town Clerk 
in 1869, this being his first town office, and 
held the position until 1883. In 1882 he was 
sent to the legislature, serving two yeais, and 
being appointed on the Committee on Flec- 
tions. He has been Selectman a number of 
times, and Town Moderator for several years, 
holding the last-named position at the present 
time. Much interested in the Patrons of Hus- 
bandry, he is an esteemed member of the local 

Mr. Hall married Francina D. Smith, whu 
was born December 13, 1844, daughter of 
William P. Smith, of Sjiringfield. She is a 
lady of culture antl of fine musical taste. 
After receiving her education in Colby Acad- 

JilOGRAI'llirAL Ki;\'ii:\v 


cmy of Now London, she followed Ihc jirofcs- 
sion of teacher very successfully for some time. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hall have four children: Leon 
A., Villa !•:., I-:arl R., and Ralph A. Leon, 
born June 4, 1869, at Grantham, was educated 
at Colby Academy. lie was for a time em- 
ployed in the manufacture of ]5arton's Sarsa- 
parilla and Blood I'lu'lfier. At present he has 
a position in 1'", ( ). White's grocery store in 
]3oston. He married Jessie M. ]51ossom, and 
has one child — Charlotte May, born February 
5, 1897. Villa K. , born August 17, 1874, 
graduated at Colby Academy, and is now 
studying medicine at Herkimer, N. Y. I-'arl 
R., born May 10, 1876, was educated in the 
town schools of Tilton, and then studied den- 
tistry with Silver ]5rothers, of ]5oscavven, N. II. 
Ralph A., born August 22, 1879, is a pupil in 
the town schools. 

/ 2)lLl':S WHEEL]<:R, who has superin- 
V f^r tended the construction of several 
public buildings in Concord, was 
born in this city, August 7, 1834, son of Cap- 
tain Benjamin and Eliza (Ordway) Wheeler. 
His grandfather, Benjamin Wheeler, son of 
DanieJ Wheeler and a native of Hollis, N.H., 
in his earlier years was a miller in Bedford, 
Mass. J^enjamin settled in Concord in 1802, 
on the farm formerl)' known as the Towlc 
place, which he bought of Ebenezer Dustin. 
He followed agriculture for the rest of his 
active period, and died in December, 1848. 
He assisted in hauling the stone for the erec- 
tion of the State House and the old prison 
buildings. His first wife, in maidenhood 
Mary Eitch, a native of Bedford, Mass., and 
a relative of John E^itch, the founder of the 
city of E'itchburg, Mass., reared two chiUlren 
— Benjamin Wheeler, Jr., and Mary. 

Captain Benjamin Wheeler, who was born 

in Woburn, Mas.s., and accompanied his par- 
ents to Concord, succeeded to the homestead, 
and was an energetic and jirosperous farmer. 
EI c was drafted during the War of 1812, and 
afterward became a Captain in the State 
militia. His death occurred June 4, 1S70. 
His wife, E^liza, who was a daughter of Giles 
and ]-:iizabeth (Webster) Ordway, became the 
mother of four children, namely: John C, 
who died in 1895; Giles, the subject of this 
.sketch; Isaac V., who married Harriet E. 
Ordway; and Albert E". , who died in child- 

Giles Wheeler was educated in the ]Hiblic 
and private schools of Concord. When a 
young man he learned the carpenter's trade, 
which he followed for sixteen years. From 
i860 to 1864 he was engaged in the manufact- 
ure of soldier's writing cases in Plymouth, 
Mass. During the Civil War he was drafted 
in Mas.sachusetts and New Hampshire at the 
same time, and furnished a substitute for 
New Hampshire in the person of William 
(iilson, a native of Eclham, N. IE, who was 
captured by the Confederates, June 3, 1S64, 
at Cold Harbor, paroled March lo, 1865, 
and died at Annapolis, Md., March 32, 1865. 
After relinquishing his trade, Mr. Wheeler 
entered the business of architect in partner- 
ship with Edward Dow, a connection that 
lasted until 1885. He was appointed by Dan- 
iel R. Manning, Secretary of the Treasury, to 
superintend the erection of the Concord post- 
ofTice. He acted in a similar capacity in the 
erection of the .State library. He was build- 
ing agent in connection with the High and 
Kimball Schools, the Statesman Building, 
and the Pillsbury Elospital and Library; and 
he was a member of the committee selected to 
superintend the erection of the Soldiers' Arch. 
He has been a member of the Police Commis- 
sion and its clerk since the establishment of 



the board. In the capacity of Justice of the 
Peace for the past twenty years he has been 
engaged in the settlement of many estates. 

Mr. Wheeler married Sarah W. Abbott, a 
daughter of Charles Abbott and a descendant 
of one of the first families to settle in this 
section. He is connected with the Order of 
the Golden Cross, and is a member of the 
Unitarian society. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat, and he cast his first Presidential vote 
for James Buchanan in 1856, and voted for 
Stephen A. Douglas in i860. 

'OHN V. GUNNISON, the popular 
High Sheriff of Sullivan County, son 
of Vinal and Eliza (Baker) Gunnison, 
was born in Goshen, N. H., on February 27, 
1837. Ephraim Gunnison, father of Vinal, 
was a pioneer settler of Goshen, where he 
cleared the wild land by the labor of his 
hands. A hard worker and a man of great 
vitality, he lived to be eighty-five years old. 
II is wife, Deborah, died at eighty-seven years 
of age. He was a Methodist Episcopal in 
religion, a Democrat in politics. 

Their son Vinal was the fifth son in a fam- 
ily of seven children. He followed farming 
all his life on the old farm on which he was 
born. It was a large farm of about six hun- 
dred acres, and came to be one of the best in 
Goshen. He died at the age of si.xty in the 
year 1858. His wife died in 1873, at the age 
erf seventy-two years. They were attendants 
of the Congregational church. Vinal Gunni- 
son was always a Whig. He held several 
town offices, among them that of Selectman 
and Overseer of the Poor. Of his seven chil- 
dren three are now deceased — Marian, Arvin 
Nye, and Amos B. The survivors are: Mrs. 
Sarah Ann Brickett, who lives in Mendota, 
111. ; Eliza Chandler, who lives in Salem, 

Ore. ; John V. ; and Horace B. , who lives in 
PhillipsviUe, Cal. 

John v., the third son, lived at home with 
his parents in Goshen until he went away to 
school, his educational course being completed 
in the academies at Meriden and New Londoii, 
N. H. He subsequently engaged in farming 
and lumbering on the old homestead, dealing 
largely in stock and running a steam saw-mill. 
In 1888 he removed to Newport, though he 
still owns the old place and keeps there about 
twenty cows for milk. In Newport he deals 
in horses, carriages, and sleighs. He was 
elected to his present ofifice of High Sheriff in 
1894, and was re-elected in 1S96. 

He married January 16, 1S67, Angle Carr, 
who was born in Hillsborough, N. H., Sep- 
tember 12, 1846, daughter of Robert and Claora 
(Goodale) Carr. Her grandfather, the first 
Robert Carr, was one of the early settlers of 
the place ; and her father followed agriculture 
on the old farm, where he spent his whole life. 
She has two brothers and four sisters, all liv- 
ing. Her brother, Elisha Hatch Carr, is a 
prominent business man of Newport, N. H. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gunnison have had four chil- 
dren, three of whom are living — Belle, Sadie 
H., Claora A., and Alice M. Belle Gunnison, 
born in Goshen, N. H., December 30, 1868, was 
educated at the town schools of Goshen and 
Newport, N. H. After completing her course 
of study, she taught school for a while, and 
was considered a successful instructor and good 
disciplinarian. Since then she has been a 
valuable assistant in the jjost-ofifice at New- 
port, N.H., having now held the position for 
eight years. Sadie H. was born in (Joshen, 
June 9, 1870. After graduating from the 
high school of Newport, N. H., she taught 
school three years, for which work she seemed 
well fitted, and, like her sister, was considered 
a successful teacher. She then entered upon 




llic (liilics (if licr ])rc,scnt position of Manager 
of the rclc|)honc Ivxtii.uigo, Newport, N. II. 
Claora A., born in Goshen, December 27, 
1S75, attended tiie schools of Goshen and New- 
port, also tiie Bradford Female Seminary, 
Hrailford, Mass. ; and, having finished her 
preparatory studies, she entered the school- 
room as an instructor, and is now an assistant 
teacher in the Newport High School. Alice 
M., born in Goshen, Ajjril ir, 1877, died 
May 30, 1895. She was a very bright and 
l)romising young lady, and was an attendant 
of the high school at Newport, when that 
dreaded disease, typhoid fever, took her away 
in the bud of womanhood. 

Mrs. Gunnison and her daughters are mem- 
bers of the Congregational church, where Mr. 
Gunnison also attends divine service. A Re- 
inihlican in politics, he held the office of 
County Commissioner in 1S72, 1873, and 
1874; and in 1885 he was Representative to 
the General Court. He is a member of Mount 
Vernon Lodge, A. F. & A. M., at Newi)ort ; 
a Royal Arch Mason; a Knight Templar; and 
also a member of Sugar River Grange, P. of 
II., at Newport. Mr. Gunnison is a successful 
farmer and trader, well versed in horse flesh. 
He has been a very active man, and has made 
his own way in the world. 

AMUEL II. EDES, a retired law- 
yer of the village of Newport, was 
born here, March 31, 1825, son of 
Amasa antl Sarah (Hart) Edes. Samuel Edes, 
his grandfather, was an early settler of An- 
trim, N. II., an active farmer and a Revolu- 
tionary soldier. .Samuel's life was mainly 
spent in Peterboro, N. H., where he died at 
the remarkable age of one hundred years. He 
had nine children. Amasa Edes was born 
about the year 1792. Having graduated from 

Dartmouth in 1S17, he came in 1823 to New- 
port, where he suijscquently practi.sed law for 
a period extending over si.xty years. He was 
successful in his profession, and he represented 
his town for a time in the legislature. In re- 
ligous belief he was a Unitarian ; in politics, 
a Democrat. He died in October of the year 
1.S.S3, his wife having died (October 8, 18O9, 
at the age of seventy-four years and three 
months. They had two children — Jo.seph W. 
and .Samuel II. Joseph died at the age of 
fi ve. 

-Samuel H. lules was educated in the Meri- 
den Academy and at Dartmouth, his father's 
Alma Mater, graduating in 1844. He at once 
began to read law with his father, and was ad- 
mitted to the Sullivan County bar in 1852. 
He practised until the year 1875 in the town 
of Newport. At different times he was en- 
gaged in farming, dealt in real estate, and 
was interested in woollen mills. In 1S69 he 
started the mercantile business to-day carried 
on by his son. In 1856 Mr. Edes was instru- 
mental in bringing the aqueduct water here. 
At first it was conveyed by a wooden aque- 
duct, but this in 1862 was changed for one of 
cement and iron. He owns the building 
known as Eagle Block, which was remodelled 
in 1856. He has owned land in Newport on 
which seventy buildings now stand. 

On December 30, 1847, Mr. Ede$ married 
Julia A. Nourse, who was born in Acworth, 
N. H., October iS, 1827, daughter of Daniel 
Nourse and Margaret (Wilson) Nourse. Of 
their four children one died in infancy. The 
others were: Willie A., George C. , and Mar- 
cia J. Willie, born in 1854, died at the age 
of eighteen years. George C. Edes, born 
April 23, 1849, lives in Newport, where he is 
a dealer in dry goods. He married Novem- 
ber 10, 1873, Elizabeth M. Dennahan, who, 
born February 28, 1854, died September 


12, 1896. They had four children, of whom 
Elizabeth J., born April 3, 1876, died Sep- 
tember 16, 1S93. The others are: Frank W. , 
born in 1874, who is a clerk in his father's 
store; Samuel W. , born November 9, 1881; 
and George L. , born November 11, 1889. 
George C. Edes is a Democrat, has been 
Town Clerk and Supervisor, and is a member 
of the Mount Vernon Lodge, A. F. & A. M. , 
and of Sullivan Commandery, K. T. Marcia 
J. Edes, the youngest child of Samuel H. 
Edes, was born in 1859, and resides in 

Mr. and Mrs. Edes attend the Congrega- 
tional church, of which the wife is a member. 
He is a Democrat, and has held office as legis- 
lative Representative and County Solicitor. 
He served in the latter capacity for two terms. 
He has been Justice of the Peace since 1852. 
Always interested in educational matters, he 
was influential in making the important change 
from district to high schools in the village. 
Mr. Edes and his wife, who have been mar- 
ried nearly fifty years, are one of the oldest 
couples in the village. Mr. Edes is active and 
vigorous, and, with his wealth and influence, 
is regarded as one of the important members of 
the community. 

SON FOGG, widow of the late 
Sherburne Fogg, of West Hop- 
kinton, and daughter of John Jones and Eliz- 
abeth (Straw) Emerson, was born on the farm 
where she now lives, November 20, 1S21. 
She is a descendant of a prominent pioneer 
family of Hopkinton, her great-grandfather, 
Timothy Emerson, having been the original 
settler on Clement's Hill. Timothy Emerson 
was very active in local affairs, doing much to 
advance the interests of the little town, among 

other things donating the land for the ceme- 
tery in which his body was laid to rest after 
his death, March 22, 1826, at the venerable 
age of eighty-si.x years. He was twice mar- 
ried. His first wife, who was without doubt 
an Ober, bore him two daughters and one son. 
The latter was John Ober Emerson, Mrs. 
Fogg's grandfather. His children by his 
second wife, Mary, were: Collins, Day, Ben- 
jamin, and Rachel. Day died November i, 
1 84 1, at the age of fifty-two years, and was 
buried in the family lot. The mother, who 
survived the father, died October 29, 1833, 
aged eighty-one years. 

John Ober Emerson was born on Clement's 
Hill in Hopkinton, June 6, 1770. After his 
marriage with Mary Jones he settled on the 
present homestead, which extends along the 
Contoocook River, the house being beautifully 
located on the banks of the stream. Mary 
Jones was born August 14, 1769, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth (Gordon) Jones. Her 
father died July 10, 181 5, aged sixty-seven 
years; and her mother April 15, 183S, at the 
age of eighty-eight. John Ober Emerson and 
his wife became the parents of six children, 
namely: Philip, born in 1792, who lived but 
four years; Moses, born January 20, 1794, who 
died at the age of two years; John Jones, born 
December 25, 1795, who died February i, 
1 841 ; Sarah Kast, born March 25, 1798, who 
died in 1823, aged twenty-five years; Micah 
George J., born July 21, iSoi, who has not 
been heard from since he started for Troy, 
N.Y. , in 1832; and Jane Greeley, born July 
13, 1807, who married Daniel Hardy, of War- 
ner, N. H., and died in August, 1882. After 
long and useful lives the father died in 1842, 
aged seventy-two years, and the mother, De- 
cember 6, 1856, in her eighty-eighth year. 
Of the latter an interesting anecdote is nar- 
rated in the History of Hopkinton by C. C. 

i:in(;R.\|'ii|(;AI, RKVIKVV 

1,(11(1. On a Sunday morning in the early 
s])ring a party of about a dozen persons, in- 
cluding Mrs. John O. luiierson, crossed the 
frozen Contoocook River from tlie north side, 
to attend meeting at the old West Meeting- 
house. While at service a sudden and rapid 
thaw reduced the ice on the river to a number 
111' ll(iatii)g fragments, wliicli presented a for- 
midable barrier to the party returning from 
chuix'h. 'I'hc nearest bridge was three miles 
down the river, and to reach home by that way 
vviiuld linve required at least six miles of 
travel, which, as the party was on foot, caused 
them ti) halt in dubious reflection. Mrs. 
Emerson, Imwever, with ready courage, settled 
the cpiestion by prompt action. In spite of 
the remonstrances of her companions, she 
sprang upon the nearest cake of ice, and, 
dexterously leaping from one to another, 
crossed the river in safety. Her friends, who 
watched her progress, were not inspired to 
make the attempt by her example. They fol- 
lowed the advice conveyed by the old proverb, 
"The longest way round is the shortest way 
home," by walking to the bridge. 

Jdhn Jones Emerson lived and died on the 
farm where his birth occurred, spending his 
years as a tiller of the soil. His name is 
amon'g the list of llopkinton soldiers who 
served in the War of 1812. He enlisted in 
Colonel Nathaniel l'"isk's first regiment in 
1814. In the old militia days he was a Cap- 
tain of riflemen. He married Miss Elizabeth 
.Straw, who, b(.irn in Hopkinton, November 23, 
1793, daughter of Levi and Miriam (Jones) 
Straw, died January 17, 1859. His children 
were: Seth George, Miriam Straw, Mary Jane, 
Sarah Elizabeth, Andrew Jackson, and Will- 
iam Seneca. Seth George, born April 24, 
1820, who married Sarah Goss, of Henniker, 
and was at one time the owner of the home- 
stead, removed to I-'ort Gratiot, Mich., where he 

died August i, 18^14, Mary Jane, born 
March 22, 1823, who died Eebruary 13, 1886, 
was the wife of Martin K. Philips, of Henni- 
ker, N.H. Sarah lilizabeth, born September 
2, 1824, married Samuel D. Clark, of Ches- 
terfield, N. H., and died in Port Huron, 
Mich., November 19, 1893. Andrew Jack- 
son, born in Eebruary, 1828, died in January, 
1831. William Seneca, born May 4, 1831, 
who married Mary A. Andrews, of the Isle of 
Sheppey, England, died August 17, 1890, in 
Hillsborough, N.H. 

Miriam Straw Emerson was married t(j 
Sherburne Eogg. He was born July 9, 1819, 
in Meredith (now Laconia), N. H., son of 
Seth and Betsey Uoudon (Gile) P'ogg, and 
grew to man's estate in Gilmanton, whither 
his parents removed when he was young. He 
was a carpenter, and from the time of his mar- 
riage until 1857 he worked at his trade in 
Manchester, this State. After residing for 
a time in Belmont, he came in 1859 to Hop- 
kinton, purchased from his brother-in-law, 
Seth George Emerson, the Emerson home- 
stead, and was subsequently engaged in agri- 
culture until his death, which occurred June 4, 
1S73. Mrs. Fogg has since resided on the 
farm. She has had three children, namely: 
George Henry, who died at the age of nine- 
teen years; Lizzie Adella; and Frank Emer- 
son Fogg. Lizzie Adella was educated at 
Tilton Seminary, from which she graduated 
with the class of 1878. Since that time she 
has been engaged as a teacher in Hopkinton, 
making her home with her widowed mother. 
I-"rank ICmerson Fogg, now an attorney-at-law 
in Grangeville, Idaho, completed his education 
at Ann Arbor, Mich., having graduated from 
the law department of the State University, 
class of 1880. He was Circuit Court Com- 
missioner of Charlevoix County, Michigan, 
from 1884 to 1 888, and Prosecuting Attorney 


of Charlevoix County from 1888 to 1890. 
Removing to Idaho, he practised at Rathdrum 
from 1 89 1 to 1893. Then he went to Grange- 
ville, where he has followed his profession 
since. He married February 28, i886, Eliza 
Ann Scroggie, of Charlevoix, Mich. ; and they 
have four bright and interesting children- 
Essie v., James Sherburne, Miriam S. , and 
William I'' rank. 

ALTER B. MAYNARD, a farmer 
of Loudon, was born here, April 26, 
1840, son of Asa and Lucy (Talbot) 
Maynard, natives respectively of Acton, 
Mass., and Brookline, N.H. The grand- 
father, Asa Maynard, who was a cooper by 
trade and resided in East Concord during the 
greater part of his life, died there at the resi- 
dence of his daughter, August 1, 1866, aged 
ninety-four years. The maternal grandfather, 
Ezra Talbot, of Stoughton, Mass., born Janu- 
ary 20, 1773, resided successively in Brook- 
line and Loudon, and married Abigail Belcher. 
He died in Loudon in November, 1853; and 
his wife died in Brookline, June 21, 1832. 

Asa Maynard, Jr., the father of Walter B., 
was born November 10, 1801. Immediately 
after his marriage he settled down as a farmer 
on the place now owned by the present Mr. 
Maynard, and resided there for the rest of his 
life. His wife, Lucy, who was born Ajnil 5, 
i.So.S, had four children — lunily, Eliza, Wal- 
ter 15., and John V. Emily, born June 21, 
1832, died June 21, 1851. Eliza, wiio was 
born October 30, 1836, became the wife of 
Augustus R. Manning, and had two children, 
namely: Mary I*". , liorn January i, 1854; and 
]'"rank (). , born .September 28, 1861. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. Manning arc now deceased. 
John 1'"., who manufactures the well-known 
Plymouth gloves, born March 15, 1846, mar- 

ried Harriett Draper, who died. Then he 
married Henrietta, his deceased wife's sister, 
with whom he now lives in Plymouth, N.H. 
The father died February 8, 1848. The 
mother, who survived him, afterward became 
the wife of Gardner Batchelder, a farmer of 
Loudon. The latter died in September, 1S60; 
and her death occurred in 1894, February 27. 
There were no children by this second mar- 

Walter B. Maynard received a common- 
school education. All his life has been 
passed on the old homestead. After his 
father's death he took charge of the farm. 
He now owns about three hundred acres in 
Concord and Loudon. In 1869 he considera- 
bly imjjroved the property by erecting new 
buildings. He carries on general farming, 
raises some fruit, and makes rather a specialty 
of the milk business, keeping about twenty- 
five cows. In 1864, May i, he married Lu- 
ella C. Sanders, of Hopkinton, N.H. She 
was born P'ebruary 26, 1843, the daughter of 
Reuben L. and Abigail (Locke) Sanders, both 
of Epsom, N. H. Mr. Sanders, who was suc- 
cessively a shoemaker and a farmer, died Oc- 
tober 6, 1876. His widow, who subsequently 
married William K. Holt, of Concord, now 
deceased, still resides at the age of seventy-six 
in East Concord. Mr. Maynard and his wife 
have had six children — P'rank W. , Harry K., 
Roy F. , George S., Warren S. , and Roy W. 
Frank W., born March 4, 1866, was married 
Deceml)cr 25, 1889, to Nancy B. Cate, of 
Loudon. He died .September 12, 1896; and 
his widow now lives with her father-in-law, 
the subject of this sketch. -She has had three 
children ^ Walter lulward, John W. , and Har- 
riet E. Harriet died Se])tember 27, 1896. 
Harry ¥.., born March i, 1869, is at home 
with his parents. Roy F. , born December 
23, 1871, died April 22, 1877. George S., 



who was biiin October 20, 1874, lives at home. 
Warren S., burn May 25, 1880, died February 
4, 1 88 1. Roy W. , born August 27, 1882, 
is also witii his jiarents. Mr. Maynard, who 
has never been an office-seei<er, is a Republi- 
can in politics, and lias invariably given that 
party his support. He is an attendant at 
the i'last Concord Congregational Church. 
Throughout his life he has been a hard-work- 
ing man, earning well the prosperity he now 

'RANCIS L. QUIMRY, a Selectman 
and a thriving farmer of Unity, was 
born in this town, December 25, 1827, 
son of Ik'ujamin Quimby (second) and Percis 
(Gee) Quimby. His grandfather, Benjamin 
Quimby (first), the first of the family to settle 
in Unity, was engaged in agriculture here for 
the rest of his life. The maiden name of 
the grandfather's wife was Otis. Benjamin 
Quimby (second), born in Unity in the year 
l8oo, tilled the soil with success during his 
active years; and his death occurred in the 
spring of 1859. Percis Gee, his wife, who 
was a native of Marlow, N.II., became the 
mother of four children — Milan W., Francis 
L., Melissa D., and Wilbur B. Milan W., 
who is a prosperous farmer of Claremont, 
N.II., married Lucy A. Neal, of Unity. 
Melissa 1)., who married Ezra G. Johnson, of 
Unity, dietl in 1S92. He died in 1896. 
Wilbur I5. , wht) is carrying on a farm in Cor- 
nish, N.H., married Lucinda Marshall, of this 
town. Mrs. Benjamin Quimby (second) died 
in June, 1870. 

P'rancis L. Quimby was educated in the 
district schools and at the Milo Academy. At 
a very early age he began to a»ssist his father 
upon the farm. Since succeeding to its pos- 
session he has managed it ably and with ex- 
cellent results. Considerably interestetl in the 

raising of stock, he has the reputation of hav- 
ing produced many valuable specimens. Po- 
litically, he is a Republican; and he has 
served for four years upon the Board of Select- 
men. On May 22, 1849, he was joined in 
marriage with Lydia Johnson. She was born 
in Unity, June 8, 1825, daughter of Amos and 
Iluldah (Green) Johnson, both of whom were 
natives of Wears, N.II. Amos Johnson settled 
near the locality in this town called the 
Quaker City, and there followed the shoe- 
maker's trade, and was engaged in farming 
until his death, which occurred in 1856. His 
wife died in 1863. They were the parents of 
eight children; namely, Moses, Enoch, Han- 
nah, l^zra, Lydia, Almeda, Elniira, and 

Mr. and Mrs. Quimby have six children, 
as follows: Irving W., Adella L., George E., 
Lewis J., the Rev. Herbert F. , and l-^merson 
A. Irving W. married Josie Reed, of Ac- 
worth, N. H., and is engaged in farming in 
Unity. Adella L. is the wife of John M. 
Howe, a merchant in Claremont. George E. , 
now in the dry-goods business in Decatur, 111., 
married Lillian Davis, of Waltham, Mass. 
Lewis J., who wedded Martha Dow, of Cor- 
nish, N. IL, is a grocer in Claremont. The 
Rev. Herbert I". Quimby pursued his theo- 
logical studies in Burlington, Vt., and at Bos- 
ton, graduating in each place, and is now a 
Methodist minister in Moultonboro, N. H. 
He married for his first wife I^va M. Hodg- 
man, of Mason, N. H., and for his second Jen- 
nie lilliot, of Reed's Ferry, N. H. Emerson 
A., who is in the grocery business with his 
brother in Claremont, married Jennie A. 
Perry, of North Charlestown, N. H. Mr. 
Quimby, Sr. , has been a member of Unity 
Grange, No. 230, Patrons of Husbandry, since 
its organization. Both he and Mrs. Quimby 
arc members of the West Unity Methodist 



Episcopal Church. He serves the society as 
steward, trustee, and collector; while Mrs. 
Quimby is a teacher in the Sunday-school. 

'GRACE J. CHASE, one of the lead- 
ing business men of Hopkinton 
and a son of Enoch J. and Sarah 
(Holmes) Chase, was born on Clement Hill, 
Hopkinton, Octoljer ii, 1825. His grand- 
father, Enoch Chase, came here from Port- 
land, Me., and was for many years Selectman 
and Collector of Taxes. The account book 
used by Enoch is now in the possession of his 
grandson, Horace J. Chase. His son, Enoch 
J. Chase, was born in Hopkinton. In his 
early life he was a shoemaker and a cooper. 
At a later date he built a mill on his farm, 
and went into the lumber business. He also 
built some lumber-mills in VVilmot, but sold 
them after a short time. Both in lumbering 
and farming he was quite successful. P'ive 
hundred acres of his farm land, which was 
bought for five dollars an acre, afterward sold 
for one hundred dollars an acre. The last 
years of his life were spent with his son Hor- 
ace; and he died in St. Johnsbury, \^t. , at the 
age of seventy-eight, while on a visit to one 
of his daughters. He was married twice. 
His first wife was Sarah Holmes Chase, a 
daughter of Dr. Holmes, of New York. They 
had four children — Lucinda, Mary Jane, 
Harvey, and Horace J. Harvey now carries 
on the old farm. Both Lucinda and Mary 
Jane are deceased. By his second wife, 
Nancy, who came from Salisbury, his children 
were: Nancy, George W. , Melvida, and Me- 
linda. IMelinda died in childhood, and George 
is now in California. 

Llorace J. Chase, when a young man, lived 
at home with his father and helped him with 
the lumber business. Before he was twenty 

years old, he drove a five-horse team into Ver- 
mont, carrying freight. Then for three or 
four years he was a conductor on a freight 
train to Boston on the Claremont Railroad. 
Subsequently the manager assigned him to 
the business of buying lumber for the use of 
the road. He remained in this position for 
three years, making higher wages than any 
other employee of the road. In 1852 he 
bought an old tannery in Hopkinton, built by 
Thomas Cass, that was burned down soon after. 
Eight years later he erected the present build- 
ings which are now landmarks in the town. 
He has been in the tanning business now for 
over forty years. In the early days, when 
the work was done by hand, he used to em- 
[iloy as many as eight or ten men at a time. 
Now he uses the best of modern machinery. 
He has put in an engine, so that the mill may 
be run either by steam or water. His entire 
jiroduct has always been consumed by two 
firms in Concord, namely: Abbott & Downing, 
coach builders; and James I. Hill & Co., 
harness makers. He has always followed the 
old-fashioned processes of tanning, using cold 
liquors and no chemicals. His produce com- 
mands the best prices in the market, some- 
times six cents more per pound than that of 
other tanneries. He has constantly super- 
vised the work in person, doing some of the 
special parts with his own hands. In addi- 
tion to this his main industry, he carries on 
a large farm containing about two hundred 
acres of fine farm and timber land. This 
year he shipped ovei- two hundred :liu1 forty 
liarrels of apples to St. Johnsbury, Vt. He 
owns the Colby saw-mills, where he has sev- 
eral acres of good timber land, also the High- 
hmd House in Contoocook, which he has re- 
modelled, making several additions. At one 
time he owned the lumber-mills in VVilmot 
which his father bouglit. Mr. Chase has 



served llie comnumity as Selectman. The 
water service at J Inpkinton was put in under 
his supervision. He has always been a Demo- 
crat in [lolilics, as his latiier and grandfather 
were before him. 

On January 8, 1850, while in the emi)loy of 
the Clarcmont Railroad, he married Mary Ann 
Dodge, a daughter of .StiUman and Mary 
(Highland) Dodge, both of Wenham, Mass. 
Mr. and Mrs. Chase have had five children, of 
whom one died in infancy. The others were: 
Frank .S. , luhvard K., Horace Sumner, and 
Willard Hamilton. Mdward K. is now en- 
gaged in the ice business in Hopkinton. 
Horace Sumner is the proprietor of tiie St. 
Johnsbury House, Vermont. Willard Hamil- 
ton was accidentally drowned at the age of 
four. Frank S. was employed on the N. Y. , 
N. H. & H. R.R. as engineer for several 
years, during which time he never had an 
accident. On December 16, 1S86, while look- 
ing back at his train from the engine steps, 
he was struck on the head by a p(de and in- 
stantly killed. Mr. Chase is a jovial, good- 
natured man ; and, although considerably ad- 
vanced in years now, he still shows the out- 
lines of a powerful physicjue. He is much 
respected in his native town, both for his 
business integrity and for his public spirit. 


junior member of the firm Silver & 
Hall, general merchants of Goss- 
ville, and an e.x-meniber of the New Hamp- 
siiire legislature, was born in Ei:isom, N. H., 
June 3, 1854, .son of John C. and Ahirtiia E. 
(Rand) Hall, late of Epsom. The father, 
a native of Lee, N. H., was born January 26, 
1806. In early life he came to Epsom and 
followed the trade of a carpenter here for some 
time. Later he opened a store, becoming a 

prosperous merchant ; and he also conducted a 
large farm. Politically, he was in his later 
years a Republican ; and he took an earnest in- 
terest in public affairs. He died at the age rjf 
seventy-seven years. His wife, Martha, was 
born February 25, 18 13, daughter of Stei)hen 
Rand, of Chichester. She became the mother 
of nine children — Sarah 1'^, Martha K., James 
\V., Amanda .S., John IL, Deborah, Georgia 
A., Luther T. , and Charles S. Sarah K. , 
born May 28, 1833, married James K. Taylor, 
of Neponset, Mas.s., and her children are: 
I':ila, Mattie, Alberto, and Maud. Martha 
E. , born June 3, 1834, is the wife of J. M. 
Emery, of Suncook, in the town of Pembroke, 
N.H., and has two daughters — Anna and 
Hatlie. James W. , born November 13, 1837, 
ma^•ried Sarah I'3mery, of Suncook. Amanda 
was born September i, 1839. John IL, liorn 
March 19, 1842, married Nellie Earnham, of 
Great F'alls (now Somersworth), N. H. ; and 
his children arc: Bert, John, George, and 
Alice. Deborah, born May 5, 1845, is now 
the wife of F. G. Stebbins, of Adrian, Mich. 
Georgia A., born November 10, 1848, and now 
deceased, first married William Desilets, who 
died leaving one daughter, Katherine. A 
second marriage united her to Charles Chapin, 
of Worcester, Mass., who has legally adopted 
her tlaughter by her first husband. Luther T. 
was born .September 8, 185 1. Mrs. John C. 
Hall died at the age of si.xty-three years. She 
and her husband were members of the Free 
Will Baptist church. 

Charles Sumner Hall attended school in his 
native town, and completed his studies with 
a commercial course at Bryant & Stratton's 
Business College in Manchester, N. H. After 
leaving school, he engaged in mercantile pur- 
suits with his father, and remained with him 
for several years. In 1SS3 he became asso- 
ciated with his present partner in business. 



Messrs. Silver & Hall, of Gossville, are 
widely and favorably known as enterprising 
and successful merchants. The junior partner 
owns a large farm containing five hundred 
acres, seventy-five acres of which are under 
cultivation. He ranks high among the fore- 
most agriculturists of this section. 

On December ii, 1S76, Mr. Hall was 
united in marriage with Ellen M. Dolbeer, 
daughter of Calvin Dolbeer, of Epsom. Mr. 
and Mrs. Hall have no children. In politics 
Mr. Hall is a Republican. For many years 
he served as Town Clerk, and was elected a 
Representative to the legislature in 1889. He 
is Secretary of Evergreen Lodge, No. 53, 
I. O. O. F. , of Short Falls, and is connected 
with the Patrons of Husbandry of Epsom. He 
is one of the successful men of this locality, 
and his upright character and business integ- 
rity are highly spoken of by his fellow-towns- 
men. Both he and Mrs. Hall are members of 
the Free Will Baptist church. 

KEVI A. SMITH, one of Unity's repre- 
sentative farmers, was born in this 
^*»' town, August 13, 1843, son of Jo- 
seph G. and Elizabeth (Young) Smith. The 
father, born October 24, 1797, was a prosper- 
ous farmer throughout the active period of his 
life, owning the farm which his son now occu- 
pies, and died May 3, 1882. His first mar- 
riage was contracted with Lucy Howe, who, 
born in Acworth, N.IL, August 14, 1799, 
died December 9, 1S33. His second wife, 
]{lizabeth Young Smith, who was born Sep- 
tember 14, 1812, died in May, 1888. He had 
si.xtcen children, nine by his first union and 
seven liy his second. Those of his first wife 
were born as follows: Lineas S., November 
7, 1820; Sidney, January 10, 1822; Joseph 
G., May 4, 1823; Alonzo A., December 

2, 1824; Jefferson, August 5, 1826; Thomas 
J., April 17, 182S; David L. , August 12, 
1829; Lucy Ann, May 2, 1831; and George 
W. A., September 28, 1832. Of the children 
by his second marriage two died in infancy. 
The others were: Izanna E., born May 31, 
1838, and residing in Goshen, who is now the 
widow of Dr. Wheeler, formerly a prominent 
physician of Goshen; Emily M., born Sep- 
tember I, 1S40, who married Edward Gates, a 
native of Gilson, and resides with him in 
Gardner, Mass.; Levi A., the subject of this 
sketch; Freeman H., born December 16, 
1844, who died February 25, 1846; James 
F., born November 23, 1848, now a chair 
manufacturer in Gardner, Mass., who married 
Delia Gates, of Gardner. 

Levi A. Smith attended school in Unity, 
and assisted upon the home farm until after 
his first marriage. He then settled ujion a 
farm in the northern part of the town, and 
tilled the soil industriously for eighteen years. 
After the death of his father he returned to 
the homestead, and has since resided there. 
He owns one hundred and fifty acres of well- 
improved land. He has the reputation of a 
capable and successful general farmer. In 
politics he is a Prohibitionist, and he served 
with ability as a Selectman for three years. 
He has carried the United States mail be- 
tween Unity and Charlestown since 1872. 
He is a member of the Advent church. 

On September 15, 1864, Mr. Smith married 
Abbie E. Johnson, daughter of Edward and 
Mary (Marshall) Johnson, both of whom were 
natives of Unity. She died in June, 1887. 
Of that union were born four children, namely: 
Freeman J., on September 16, 1867, who is 
no longer living; I'rcd L., November 4, 
1868, who is a jjrosperous farmer of Unity; 
Arthur W., May 30, 1877, who is still under 
the parental roof-tree; and I.islina K. , Au- 


gust 28, 1880, also residing at home. l'"rccl 
L. Sinil-li niariicd Anna Walker, and has two 
children — IClvis C. and Arthur VV. On Jan- 
uary I, 1891, Mr. Smith, Sr., wedded for his 
second wife Emma Davis, who was born in 
Unity, Decenihcr 5, 1861, daugiiter of Samuel 
Davis. By this marriage tiiere are no chil- 

IDCiKRTON RAYMOND, a well-known 
resident of Boscawcn, was born Decem- 
ber 3, 1 84 1, in Concord, N.H., son 
of Thomas P. and I'ermelia (Derby) Raymond, 
both natives of Vershire, Vt. His grand- 
father, Captain Liberty Raymond, of the Ver- 
mont militia, was a large land-owner and 
a |)r(iminent man in the latter town. Cap- 
tain Raymond died at Vershire, and his 
wife, Mary, at Ouechee, Vt. Their children 
were: Thomas, Lyman, and Liberty, all now 
deceased. The last named became a well- 
known builder and real estate dealer in 
Manchester, where he erected several large 
structures. lie was also a pioneer of the 
shoe business, in which he was engaged at the 
time of his death. 

Thomas P. Raymond was a tanner and cur- 
rier, and lived in Concord till April, 1845. 
His wife died about that time; and he then 
moved to Hoiikinton, N.H. By a second mar- 
riage he was unitetl to Nancy Stone, of Can- 
ada. Later on he came to Boscawen, where 
he settled on a farm, and purchased a tannery. 
He carried on the tannery in company with 
his son Edgerton until 1866. His death oc- 
curred September 22, 1879, and that of his 
wife in 1895. There were no children by the 
second marriage. Those by the first, besides 
a child that died in infancy, were: LucyB., 
Liberty George, and Edgerton. I-ucy, now 
living in Charlestown, Mass., married Daniel 
Y. Bickford, an organ manufacturer of Con- 

cord and ISoslon, who dietl Ajjril 29, 1876. 
Liberty enlisted in 1861 in Company E of 
the Seventh New Ihimpshire Regiment, and 
was killed at Eort Wagner, South Carolina, 
July 18, 1863. A brave soldier and a great 
favorite, he was the first man of his regiment 
to lose his life. 

Edgerton Raymond received his education 
in the common school and in the academy at 
Boscawen. At the age of sixteen he went to 
old Salem, Mass., and worked there for a 
time. Then, returning to Boscawen, he fin- 
ished his schooling. He ne.vt went to Man- 
chester, and was there employed in the ar- 
mory making guns during the late war. After 
this he worked for his uncle Liberty in his 
boot and shoe store in Manchester, where he 
remained until September, 1865. At that 
time he went to Syracuse, N.Y. , and was in 
the employ of the New York Central Railroad 
for si.x months, after which he returned to 
Boscawen, and settled on his present farm. 
He and his brother-in-law were also engaged in 
the tannery business until fire destroyed their 
plant in October, 1870. He rebuilt the tan- 
nery in 1871, and afterward conducted it alone 
until 1885. On his farm of forty acres, 
which he has much improved by the erection 
of new buiklings, he carries on general farm- 

In 1869, October 20, Mr. Raymond married 
Ellen V. Raymond, his cousin. She came 
from Manchester, and was a daughter of Lib- 
erty and Almina (Smith) Raymond. Her 
father, who was a merchant, after the death of 
his first wife married Mary P. Putney, who 
belonged to a prominent Manchester family, 
and now resides in Contoocook. The children 
of lulgerton Raymond are: Jessie P., born 
August 16, 1870; Lucy May, born I'ebruary 
14, 1874; and George Albert, born June 14, 
1 878. Lucy teaches stenography, and is now 

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superintendent of that department in a busi- 
ness college in Lebanon, Pa. Since his mar- 
riage Mr. Raymond has resided on the farm 
with the exception of one year, during which 
he was in Boscawen Plains. He has been a 
member of the -School Board and the Audi- 
tor of the town, and he is now Selectman. 
His vote has always been thrown for the Re- 
publican party, whose principles he strongly 
upholds. He is a member of the Knights of 
Honor, Kearsarge Lodge, No. 276, of Pena- 
cook. Both he and his wife are members of 
the I-"irst Congregational Church, and he is a 
Deacon of the society. The Raymonds rank 
with the leading families of Boscawen. 

(sltOHN A. McCLURE, a successful 
farmer of 15oscawen, was born here, 
October 22, 1822, son of John and 
Sallie (Potter) McClure, his father being from 
Exeter, N.H., and his mother from Pittsfield, 
N.H. His grandfather, James McClure, 
was an Adjutant-general in the Revolu- 
tionary War, but subsequently went to Dublin, 
Ireland, where he died. The father, a sea 
captain, sailed from PZast India and other 
places. Later he moved to Springfield, N. H., 
and then came to Boscawen. Here he settled 
on a farm, which was his place of residence, 
and lived there until his death in March, 
1869, at the age of eighty-five years. His 
wife survived him until 1879, being ninety 
years of age at the time of her death. They 
had three children — Louisa L., John A., and 
Mary. Louisa, who married W. W. Kil- 
bourne, died January 25, 1897. Mary is the 
widow of John L. Sargent, and resides in Gil- 
manton, N.H. 

John A. McClure received only a common- 
school education. In 1877 he moved to his 
present estate of about one hundred acres, 

known as the old P'landers farm, which he has 
since made his home. Since then he has 
made several improvements on the place, in- 
cluding the erection of substantial buildings. 
He also owns the old homestead on High 
Street in Boscawen, where his son lives, con- 
taining about one hundred and fifty acres. 
An industrious man, he carries on general 
farming very successfully. 

In 1849 Mr. McClure married Phcebe C. 
Stone, of Webster, daughter of Peter and Ruth 
(Call) Stone. Her parents, who resided in 
Webster on a farm, are now deceased. Mr. 
and Mrs. McClure had four children, born as 
follows: Edwin P., in July, 1850; Addie V., 
August 18, 1853; Alice P., November 6, 
1855; and Charles J., March 2, 1858. Edwin 
is now at home with his father; Addie V. is 
the wife of Richmond Simpson, and lives in 
Webster; Alice P. is the wife of John W. 
P'ord, of P'ord & Co., foundrymcn at Concord, 
N.H.; and Charles J., who married Mary 
Esther Shepherd, now lives on the old Mc- 
Clure homestead in Boscawen, and is the 
father of two children — Lillian F. and 
Phoibe Stone. Mrs. Phrebe C. McClure died 
July 20, 1864. 

Mr. McClure contracted a second marriage 
on March 5, 1871, with Susan W. Moore, of 
Canterbury, N.H. She was born January 22, 
1837, daughter of John S. Moore, a farmer 
and lumber dealer of Canterbury, N.H. Her 
mother, Lucinda I'rench Moore, also of 
Canterbury, died in i S49, after which Mr. 
Moore entered a second marriage with Hannah 
Dow, of Concord, who died in 1891. Mr. 
Moore died in 1870. His children by the 
first marriage were: Clara IL, Charles H., 
Albert Ames, Sabrina C. , Sylvester F., Susan 
W., Lucinda F., and liliza T. I'llizaT. , the 
widow of Deacon Sewell, is now a teacher in 
l'"armington, Me. With the excei^tion of Mrs. 



McClnrc, all the others are deceased. Sabrina 
died at the age of twenty-two; Sylvester, aged 
fifty-three years; and Lucinda, aged twenty- 
eight. Born of the second marriage were two 
children — Hannah and John 11. Hannah 
dieil in 1854, at the age of four years. John 
II., now a resident of Penacook, married Isa- 
bella B. Blackington, and is a travelling sales- 
man for a firm in Dover, N.H. 

Mr. McClure's only child by his second 
marriage, Sarah K., born September 28, 1875, 
having completed the course of the training 
school in Concord, is now a teacher in that 
city. The present Mrs. McCIurc and two of 
her stepsons are members of the Congrega- 
tional church in Boscawen. The daughter 
residing in Concord is a member of the Meth- 
odist church in that city. In politics Mr. 
McClure is a Democrat, and has invariably 
voted with that party. He has been a hard- 
working man, and has been fairly successful 
in his business. He is well-known and 
highly regarded throughout the vicinity of 

[LISHA HATCH CARR, a well-known 
business man of Newport, was born in 
Hillsborough, November 17, 1S42, 
son of Robert and Cleora (Goodale) Carr. 
The grandfather, Robert Carr, who was among 
the early settlers of Hillsborough, cleared his 
land, and became a successful farmer, living 
to be more than eighty years old. He fought 
in the war of the Revolution. -Of his five 
children Robert, one of the elder, became the 
owner of the farm, spent his life there follow- 
ing the occupation of general farmer through- 
out his active period, represented his district 
in the State legislature, and died at the age 
of eighty-one years. Robert was a liberal in 
religion, and his wife was a Methodist. She 
died at the age of seventy-seven. 

Their seven children, all still living, arc: 
Robert G., who resides in Haverhill, Mass.; 
Cleora A. Morrill, a resident of I'ctcrboro, 
N.H.; Abbic J. Hadley, of Hillsborough 
Bridge; Sarah J. Barker, residing in Nashua; 
Angeline Gunnison, residing in Newport; and 
Celestia M. Booth, who resides in Worcester, 

Elisha H. Carr grew u]) in Hillsborough, 
where he attended the district school. In his 
early life he was employed as a clerk. After- 
ward he engaged in business for himself in 
I'^ast Washington, N.H., and in Goshen, 
N.H., keeping a general store. In 1891 he 
came to Newport, and opened a livery stable, 
which is now the leading establishment of the 
kind in the village. His equipment is of the 
best, and includes twenty-five fine horses and 
many stylish carriages. Mr. Carr was mar- 
ried October 5, 1869, to Jennie Purington. 
She was born in Goshen, N. H., June 4, 1845, 
daughter of Imri and Mary Purington. They 
have no children. In religious belief they are 
Universalists. A Republican in politics, he 
has held various public offices. He was for 
several years Town Treasurer of Goshen; its 
legislative Representative in 1879, 1881, and 
1S83; Treasurer of Sullivan County for four 
years; and he is the present Representative of 
Newport in the legislature. A Mason of 
prominence, he belongs to Blue Lodge, Chap- 
ter, and Commandery. His business career 
has been that of an active and enterprising 

OHN ARTHUR JONES, a farmer of 
Hopkinton, was born in Contoocook, 
N. H., April 3, 1864, son of John F". 
and Maria (Barnard) Jones. His grandfather 
was a resident of Ho]ikinton for the greater 
part of his life. John F. Jones, who was born 
in Hopkinton, is now a resident of Concord, 



where he is Treasurer of the L. and T. 
Savings Bank of that city. He has been con- 
nected with this bank for a period of twelve 

John Arthur Jones, tlie subject of this 
sketch, received his early education in the 
public schools of his native town and in the 
academy. Later he was a student at Colby 
Academy, New London, for a time. From 
New London he returned to Hopkinton, and 
went to his grandfather's farm, which was soon 
put under his management. He is the only 
representative of the family in the town. On 
the homestead, which contains about one hun- 
dred and sixty acres, he is engaged in dairy- 
ing and stock-raising, having a fine herd of 
Guernsey cattle. His cream, of which his 
dairy yields a large quantity, is sold in Bos- 
ton. Mr. Jones is a Democrat in his politics, 
while he has never held public office. 

On January 19, 1887, Mr. Jones married 
Mabel N. Bailey, a native of Newbury and a 
daughter of George Bailey, then of Hopkinton. 
Mrs. Jones is a talented musician. Before 
her marriage she taught school in the county 
for some time. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have one 
daughter, Ruth, aged four years. They attend 
the Baptist church. Mr. Jones is a very suc- 
cessful farmer. The family residence is the 
old homestead, standing on a beautiful emi- 
nence overlooking the Contoocook River and 
commanding a fine view of the diversified land- 

'KANKLIN J. EMKRSON, formerly a 
member of the Concord City Council, 
was born July 11, 1824, in Unity, 
N.H., son of Samuel and Matilda (Gould) 
Emerson. His grandfather, Jonathan Emer- 
son, who was born in March, 1740, settled in 
West Concord, and there reclaimed from the 
wilderness the property now owned and occu- 

pied by his grandson. Jonathan subsequently 
replaced his primitive log cabin with a modern 
frame house; and at his death, which occurred 
when he was seventy-five years old, he left a 
good farm. He was twice married, and had 
twelve children, si.x by each union. 

Samuel Emerson, father of Franklin J., was 
born at the homestead, May 2, 1783. He was 
brought up a farmer; and when a young man 
he began to till the soil upon his own account 
in Hopkinton, N.H. In 1809 he settled upon 
a farm in Unity, where he resided for the rest 
of his life, and died at the age of forty-three 
years. His wife, Matilda, was a daughter of 
Gideon and Hannah (Heath) Gould. The 
father, born in Hopkinton, January 16, 1741, 
died March 5, 1821; and the mother, born in 
Warner, N.H., December 17, 1746, died De- 
cember 3, 1843, at the advanced age of ninety- 
seven years. The children of Samuel and 
Matilda (Goukl) Emerson were: Emily, 
Nancy, Caroline, Harriet, Harriet (second), 
and Franklin J. The first Harriet died in 
infancy. The mother's death occurred May 
12, 1852. 

Franklin J. Emerson, the only survivor of 
his parents' children, received his education 
in the district schools and at the Hopkinton 
Academy. Although he was left fatherless at 
a tender age, his natural energy enabled him 
to advance without the usual parental aid. 
Since reaching manhood, he has attained pros- 
perity by industrious farming in West Con- 
cord. Pie now owns an e.xcellent farm of one 
hundred acres, which is kept in a high state 
of cultivation, and' a new set of substantial 
buildings erected by him. 

Mr. l-'merson married I'^li/.a J. Abbott, 
daughter of Levi and ICliza (Dimond) Abbott. 
Both he and Mrs. Emerson attend the Congre- 
gational church. The city had the advantage 
of his services in the Common Council and 

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u|)i)n tlic Hoard of Assessors for sonic time. 
He cast his first Presidential vote for Zachary 
Taylor in i<S4.S, and he has supported the Re- 
publican party since its formation. 

ARVEY 15. GLIDDKN, an enterpris- 
ing druggist of Claremont, was born 

L^ V, , in Hopkiiiton, Mass., May 17, 

1857, son of Gardner F. and Mary M. (Hing- 
ham) Glidden. Mis grandfather, Nathan 
Glidden, who was an early settler in Unity, 
where he continued to reside for the rest of 
his life, reared a large family of children. 
Gardner F. Glidden was born in Unity. 
When a young man he became connected with 
the shoe manufacturing business. In 1850 he 
went to Hopkinton, Mass., where he was fore- 
man in a shoe factory until his death in 1866. 
He was a riian of much energy and business 
ability. His wife, Mary, who was a native of 
Unity, returned to that town after the death 
of her husband. She was sixty-six years old 
when she died in 1S93. 

The education of Harvey \i. Glidden, begun 
in the public schools of Hopkinton and Unity, 
was com]ileted with a commercial course at 
tiie New London Academy. He entered the 
drug' business in 1874 as a clerk for Frank G. 
Winn in this town. Five years later he went 
to Boston, where he obtained a wide experi- 
ence in the business as clerk in various stores. 
In 1887 he passed a successful examination 
before the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy; 
and in 1892 he established himself in busi- 
ness, under the firm name of H. B. Glidden & 
Co., at his present location in the Hotel 
Claremont building. The store, excellently 
situated, is twenty by sixty-five feet. It is 
finished elaborately in antique oak, and is very 
attractive in appearance. It is stocked with a 
full line of drugs, chemicals, patent medi- 

cines, toilet articles, druggists' sunflries, 
cigars, tobacco, and Tenney's famous New 
York confectionery. Mr. Glidden is the pro- 
prietor of Gliddcn's Liver I'ills, Bcrncy's 
Cough Drops, and Bcrncy's Tooth Powder. 
His prescription department contains all of 
the latest additions to the materia medica, 
as well as the standard pharmaceutical prep- 
arations. Mr. Gliddcn's long experience as 
an apothecary is suflficient assurance that all 
physician's prescriptions intrusted to him 
will be accurately and faithfully compounded. 
Since starting in business he has had a large 
jiatronage, and his popularity both as a drug- 
gist and a citizen is fully merited. 

On September 14, 1881, Mr. Glidden was 
united in marriage with Minnie A. Pride, 
daughter of William H. Pride, of Boston. A 
Mason of the thirty-second degree, he is con- 
nected with Hiram Lodge, No. 9, F. & 
A. M. ; Webb Chapter, No. 6, Royal Arch 
Masons; Columbian Council, Royal and Se- 
lect Masters; and Sullivan Commandery, No. 
6, Knights Templar. He owns and occu- 
pies a very attractive residence at 4 P>ond 

GILES, attorney-at-law of Con- 
cord, N.H., was born in this city, 
July II, 1S61. His parents, John B. Giles, a 
native of Roscrea, Tipperary, Ireland, and 
Ellen M. Driscoll Giles, of Cardiff, Wales, 
emigrated to America in 1852. 

William A. J. Giles acquired his early edu- 
cation in the public schools of Penacook and 
Concord, and completed his school course at 
Boscawen Academy in 1S81. The next year 
he began the study of law with the late John 
Y. Mugridge and Chief Justice William L. 
Foster, at the same time acting as reporter 
for the Boston Traveller, Qoncoxd Journal, and 



other newspapers until 1889. In March, the 
year following, he was admitted to the bar; 
and he has since been in successful practice. 
As an illustration of his professional ability 
it may be mentioned that as plaintiff in a suit 
brought by certificate holders against the 
Order of the Helping Hand, tried before 
Judge Hammond, of Boston, he won his case, 
although the opposing counsel were ex-Gov- 
ernor Long, Mr. Brackett, and Samuel J. 
Elder. Before the legislature of 1893 Mr. 
Giles drew up bills for the Employers' Liabil- 
ity Act, for establishing a bureau of labor 
statistics, and a fifty-eight hour act, besides 
other legal documents, all of which were stub- 
bornly fought by the ablest lawyers of the 

On February 14, 1895, he was married to 
Mabel E. Welch, of this city. Fraternally, 
he is a member of Kearsarge Lodge, No. 48, 
K. of P., officiating as Chancellor and Com- 
mander of the same; also a member of Uni- 
form Rank, K. of P. ; and of the Ancient 
Order of American Foresters; and is Past 
Grand Master of General Stark Lodge, No. 
7400 I. O. O. F. He officiates as attorney 
for the Central Labor Unions. As a member 
of the Amoskeag Veterans he took part with 
them in the dedication of the Grant Monu- 
ment in New York City. 

Mr. Giles is a Democrat in politics and a 
member of the Democratic State Committee. 
He was the original silver advocate of the 
State of New Hampshire, and, besides making 
many able addresses on the silver issue, he 
was the author of a pamphlet that attracted 
much attention, entitled "The Silver Ques- 
tion," and dedicated to William J. Bryan. 
Out of si.x hundred and twenty delegates en- 
titled to seats in the Democratic Convention, 
Mr. Giles stood alone as an advocate of free 
silver. He wrote a letter to William J. 

Bryan, tendering his services in the campaign, 
which that gentleman graciously accepted. 

At Mr. Bryan's reception at Madison 
-Scjuare Garden, Mr. Giles sat upon the plat- 
form as the only silver representative from 
New Hampshire. 

YER GOVE, a retired farmer of 
Ilcnnikcr and a native of this 
town, was born June 24, 18 14. 
His parents were prosperous farming people, 
and he was reared to agricultural pursuits. 
He succeeded to the possession of the home- 
stead when about twenty-one years old, and 
continued to carry it on successfully until 
1869, when he moved to another farm in West 
Hopkinton, N. H. He resided there for six- 
teen years; and, after tilling the soil as a gen- 
eral farmer for fifty-five years, he retired from 
active labor in 1886, since which time he has 
resided in Henniker village. In politics he 
supports the Democratic party, but has not 
taken an active interest in politics. He is 
highly esteemed by his fellow-townsmen for 
his upright character and genial -disposition. 
On March 4, 1841, Mr. Gove was joined in 
marriage with Mary C. Piper, of Hopkinton, 
who died in her native town, April 28, 1883. 
She was the mother of four children, namely: 
Lavinia Ann, who died in childhood; Charles 
F., now a carpenter of Roxbury, Mass. ; 
George P., a resident of Henniker; and John 
F., of Bedford, N.H. 

George P. Gove assisted his father in carry- 
ing on the farm from the time he was old 
enough to be useful. When a young man he 
learned the carpenter's trade. Since settling 
in the village he has followed his trade. He 
is also associated with his brother, John F. 
Gove, in the proprietorship of the Proctor 
Hill Spring. This spring is located some 


two Imiidrcil and thiily feci alxtvc Ihc village, 
ami has surfiricnt Idicc In maintain a steady 
pressure. The brothers liave laid about one 
and one-half miles of main pipe, and supply 
forty families with the water. On June 9, 
1X74, (ieorge I'. Gove was married in Hop- 
kinton to Mary I'2. Rowell. She was b(jrn in 
llopkinton, daughter of Isaac and Harriet 
(Adams) Rowell, both natives of llenniker. 
Their daughter, Ina II., was burn (X'tober 28, 

Ill politics Mr. Gove is a Democrat, and he 
was electetl a Selectman in 1S91. He is con- 
nected with Aurora Lodge, V. & A. M., of 
Henniker, and with the chapter of the order. 
He has occupied the principal chairs in Kcar- 
sarge Lodge, I. O. C). F., of Contoocook ; is 
connected with the encampment, and has been 
a member of the Grand Lodge and the Grand 
Encampment of New Hampshire. 

RANK L. JOHNSON, an inlhiential 
farmer of Cornish and the owner of 
one of the old picturesque farms on the 
banks of Blow-me-dovvn Brook, was born Sep- 
tember 24, 1852, son of William P. Johnson. 
William, who was born in Cornish in Novem- 
ber, 1815, son of Nathaniel Johnson, was edu- 
cated in the town schools. He became a 
farmer, and has since followetl that occupa- 
tion. He has been essentially a home man, 
not caring for public life, though well fitted 
for it in point of energy and ability. He has 
been much interested in the educational 
affairs of the town, and has served as a mem- 
ber of the School Board. He was also High- 
way Surveyor for a time. He has been band- 
master, and for thirty years has led the choir 
and played in the Baptist church. He mar- 
ried Salome Souther, of I'lainfield, who has 
had four children — Jane, Belle, FrvTuk L, , 

and ICdwanl. Jane, born in Cornish, married 
I'"reeman Johnson, a fanner, and has had three 
children — Alva F., Kbenezer, and Mary. 
Belle resides on the old homestead with her 
father. Edward lives at, and is mar- 
ried to Anabelle Lear, daughter of William 
Lear, of South Cornish. Their children are: 
Darwin and Charles Johnson. 

Frank L. Johnson's early training was ob- 
tained in the schools of his native town. His 
working life began on his father's farm, where 
he stayed until his twenty-fourth year. He 
then bought the beautiful estate along the 
Blow-me-down Brook that has been his home 
for twenty years. Only a few of the old 
homesteads on the banks of the Blow-me-down 
remain in the possession of the descendants of 
the original owners. The rest have been pur- 
chased by wealthy Boston or New York people 
for use as summer residences. At one time 
to own one of tiiese estates was proof sufficient 
of a reputable ancestry. The buildings on 
Mr. Johnson's farm are large and in an ex- 
cellent condition. Besides carrying on gen- 
eral farming, he trades extensively in cattle. 
Like his father, he has been too busy a man 
to give much time to public affairs, although 
he is interested in all questions pertaining to 
the general welfare of the town. 

On December 25, 1877, Mr. Johnson mar- 
ried Dora A. Chase, daughter of Lewis T. and 
Mary (Smith) Chase, of I'lainfield. Mr. 
Chase, who carried on a large farming busi- 
ness, and was Selectman of Cornish for a 
number of years, died August 16, 1876. His 
wife died June 27, 1892. He was son of 
Jacob Chase, who was son of Joseph, who was 
son of one of the three Chases who first set- 
tled the township of Cornish. Joseph built 
the house now owned and occupied by Mr. 
and Mrs. Johnson, hewing the timbers and 
making the nails needed for the purpose, 

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The house was successively occupied by Jo- 
seph, Jacob, and Lewis. Mr. and Mrs. John- 
son have a daughter, Marjoric May, who was 
born May 7, 1892. 

prosperous merchant of Hill, N.H., 
was born here, December 17, 1876, 
son of Curtis N. and Jennie L. (Piper) 
Blake. He comes of a vigorous American 
family. His grandfather, Greenleaf Blake, 
who was born in Sanbornton, N.H., settled 
in Hill, and there followed the occupations of 
blacksmith and farmer. One of those ex- 
amples of health and sturdiness of which 
there were so many among the early settlers, 
he had attained an ailvanced age when he 
died. His wife's maiden name was Miss 
Charlotte Kelley. Curtis N. Blake attended 
the district schools, and there received the 
education which afterward fitted him to take 
a leading place among his fellow-townsmen. 
He was for many years Postmaster of the 
town, and in that position he made a large 
circle of acquaintances and many warm 
friends. He was also for a time proprietor 
of the Union Store, a general merchandise 
depot. Later in life he sold out this estab- 
lishment, and bought a large farm of two hun- 
dred acres, known as the Webster place. 
Here, with his wife, Jennie, he spent the re- 
mainder of his life, taking an active part in 
town affairs, and holding at different times 
various town ofifices, including that of Select- 
man. He i^assed away at the age of sixty- 
eight years, leaving two sons — Bert L. and 
Clyde Blake. 

Having, like his father, acquired his early 
education in the town schools, Clyde Augus- 
tus Blake completed his training at the New 
Hampshire Institute and Commercial College, 

He then became interested in general farm- 
ing, and did considerable business in dairy 
products until in April, i8g6, when he 
bought the large grist-mill formerly owned by 
F. W. Eaton. Since that time he has dealt 
in miller's supplies, hay, grain, feed, paints, 
oils, and fertilizers, besides coal and wood. 
On June 10, l8g6, he was married to Lulu M. 
Clarke, daughter of Guy and Jennie V. (Ladd) 
Clarke. Energetic and business-like, Mr. 
Blake is highly respected by his townsmen. 
In politics he is a Republican and closely 
identified with that party. He is a member 
of the grange and a friend of every movement 
for progress and reform. 


yer of Pembroke, was born in Webs- 
ter, N.H., October 17, 1857, son 
of Friend Little and Dorothy ^Jackman) 
Burbank. The father, a native of Boscawen, 
N. H., was born June 29, 1806. Beginning 
in his earlier years, he was engaged in lum- 
bering in Webster, N.H., and was widely 
known as an able and stirring business man. 
Later in life he was associated in business 
with his son, William W. ; and the firm was 
known as F. L. Burbank & Son. He was a 
Republican in politics, and took an active 
part in public affairs. For a number of years 
he served as a Selectman in Boscawen, held 
other town ofifices, and was a member of the 
New Hampshire House of Representatives in 
1858. His wife, Dorothy, also a native of 
]5oscawen, became the nu)tlier of five cliildren, 
of whom there are living : William W., Irvin 
A., and Alnion 1<". 

Almon I-'riend Ikubank attended Simmon's 
Free High School in Warner, N.H., and 
fitted for college at the Penacook Normal 
Academy. Instead of pursuing a collegiate 



course, lidwcvcr, lie licj^an the study of l:i\v 
will) Mi'ssts. Chase & Streeter, of Concord, 
N.ll. I le w;is ailniitled lo llie in iSSo; 
and, locating lor practice in l'end)roke, he 
lias since resided here. On August 6, 1887, 
Mr. Hurhank wedded Mary I'^llcn Lahontec, 
of I'rndiroke, and is now tlie father of two 
children I'riscilla and Mstlu-r. In i)olitic:s 
he is an active supjioiter of the Republican 
party, lie served as Supervisor for several 
years, was a menihcr of the ]5oard of Select- 
men for three years, antl a Representative to 
the legislature in 1897. 

a well-known lawyer of Boscawcn 
and a member of the New Hamp- 
shire Senate, was born in Hcnnikcr, N.ll., 
August 22, 1856, son of Daniel M. and Abbie 
A. (Whitaker) Buxton. His father was a na- 
tive of Hcnnikcr; and his mother was born in 
Deering, N.ll. His paternal ancestors came 
from Massachusetts. After receiving his ele- 
mentary education in the public schools of 
llenniker, he pursued a higher course of study 
in the Clinton Grove and New London Acad- 
emies. In 1876 he commenced the study of 
law in the ofifice of B. K. Webber, of Hills- 
borough Bridge, and in 1S78 entered Boston 
University Law School, from which he was 
graduatctl in 1879. He was admitted to the 
bar in March of that year, and immediately 
began the practice of his profession at Hills- 
borough. In 1882 he removed from Hills- 
borough to I'enacook, where he was associated 
with the late Judge N. Butler for a time, and 
continued to occupy the same office after the 
death of his partner. He was instrumental in 
establishing the I'enacook -and Boscawen 
Water Works, of which he is at the present 
time Treasurer and Superintendent, He is 

clerk of the I'enacook l-,l<iiiii Li^lii Com- 
pany, has been a meniiier of the Board of ICdu- 
cation, and is Town Treasurer of 15oscawcn. 
He has been a member of the Republican 
State Committee since 18X6; was a member 
of the Constitutional Convention of New 
Hampshire in 18S9; antl was elected to the 
House of Representatives from Boscawen in 
1895, and served as Chairman of the Commit- 
tee on Elections. He is now a member of the 
State Senate, and is serving as Chairman of 
the Committee on the Judiciary. l-'or some 
years past he has been the Secretary i>f the 
New Hampshire t)r|)haiis' Home. 

On June 4, 1884, Mr. Bu.xton wedded 
Martha J. Flanders, of Penacook ; and they 
have one child, Grace II. He is a member 
of Contoocook Lodge, No. 26, I. O. O. F. ; of 
Horace Chase Lodge, No. 72, F. & A. M., of 
which he is a Past Master, being in Trinity 
Chapter, No. 2, Royal Arch Masons, and 
Mount Horeb Commandery, Knights Templar. 
Mr. Buxton conducts a large and |)rofilal)le 
law ]iractice. His jjolilical pr(jminence is 
entirely the result of his earnest efforts in be- 
half of <rood trovernment. 

inent resident of Sunapee, was born 
here, November 21, 1846, son of 
Dennis G. and Elizabeth A. Knowlton. His 
father, who was a well-known man in Suna- 
pee, died April 11, 1894. Charles received 
his education in the common schools of his 
native town and at Wolfboro High School. 
He grew to maturity in Suna])ee, and quite 
early learned the trade of machinist. He 
worked at that business for about five years, 
and then started a store in Sunapee. He has 
now been keeping store for over twenty-five 
years. The business is flourishing. The c.5- 



tablishment is attractive, commands the best 
patronage, and has a full stock of the mer- 
chandise ordinarily found in a general store. 
The name of Knowlton carries much weight 
with it in the community, as bearers of it are 
the oldest and best known traders in the 
town. Mr. Knowlton has been Tax Collector, 
Town Clerk, and Town Treasurer; and he has 
been Moderator for ten years. He was Post- 
master of Sunapee during both administra- 
tions of President Cleveland. He is a mem- 
ber of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows 
in Sunapee, and he also belongs to the 
Knights of Pythias of Newport. In politics 
he is a Democrat, and in religious Iielief he 
is a Universalist. 

Mr. Knowlton was married August 23, 
1870, to Emily S., born in Sunapee, August 
23, 1848, daughter of Josiah and Sarah (Os- 
borne) Trow. Josiah Trow was a native of 
Sunapee; and his wife belonged to Spring- 
field, N.H. Both are now deceased, the 
former dying at the age of forty-five, and the 
latter when seventy-one years of age. Mr. 
and Mrs. Knowlton have one daughter, Olga 
Lenna, now the wife of A. C. Sutherland, of 
Sunapee, who is connected in business with 
Mr. Knowlton. 

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of Ilopkinton, was born in Brad- 
ford, N.H., October 6, 1822, son of 
Nathaniel and Betsey (Wright) Flanders. 
His grandfather, Jeremiah, came here from 
South Hampton some time between 1780 and 
1783, and managed for one McCard large 
tracts of land covering several miles in the 
west part of Ilopkinton. In 1794 Jeremiah 
purchased and settled on land where Thomas 
White now lives. He married Miriam 
George; and they had a family of nine chil- 
dren, seven sons and two daughters. His 

death occurred in Hojjkinton, June 14, 1845, 
and that of his wife, April 14, 1S56. 

Nathaniel Flanders in early life was a 
shoemaker. Later on he took up farming, 
buying in 1841 the present farm of the 
Copps family. This place was called the 
Straw farm ; and the house was erected by 
the proprietor bearing that name, who also 
planted the large elm in front. Captain 
Aaron Adams, who belonged to the Massachu- 
setts Adamses, was the first owner of the 
place, having bought it of the "Lords Propri- 
etors," as the deed says. Here Nathaniel 
died February 14, 1890; and his wife died 
February 16, 1869. Their children, six in 
number, were: Melissa, Sullivan, Lydia W. , 
Joshua W., Nathaniel, and George. Melissa 
married Rufus P. Copps, of Hopkinton; 
Lydia W. married John Holbrook, of Swan- 
zey, N.H., and died in 1891; Joshua W. 
married Ophelia Paige, of Weare, where they 
reside; Nathaniel, who did not marry, lives 
with Sullivan; George was killed by a falling 
tree at the age of thirty. 

Sullivan Flanders undertook the manage- 
ment of the farm when quite a young man, 
and with the exception of two years spent in 
Lawrence, Mass., has remained here and 
worked with his brother Nathaniel. He was 
married February 5, 1850, to Helen M., 
daughter of James and Lydia Johnson Adams, 
all of Henniker, and a great-grand-tlaughter of 
the Captain Aaron Adams referred to above. 
Mrs. Flanders was born April 20, 1830, and 
died September 14, 1877. Mr. Flanders has 
two daughters ^ Clara A. and Cora M. The 
former, who was born February 25, 1851, and 
resides with her father, was educated at Con- 
toocook, and has taught school for twenty 
years in Merriniack County. Cora M., born 
December 22, 1858, superintends her father's 


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1^,. URICI.IUS DICKENSON, formerly a 


wealthy hotel-owner of Claremont, 
l»^_ was born at Granville, Mass., Feb- 
ruary lo, 1804. lie remained on his father's 
farm until twenty-one years of age. Mis first 
e.vperience in business was in Hartford, 
Conn., where he was engaged as a clerk for a 
leather firm. A few years later he started 
a country store, and conducted it successfully 
for some time. When on his wedding trip, 
he took a fancy to the principal hotel at 
Amherst, Mass., and purchased it. This in- 
vestment proved a paying one until icSj/, 
when the hotel was burned. He then sold 
the property, and came to Claremont, where 
he bought the Tremont House property of Mr. 
I'aran Stevens. On March 29, 1876, this 
property was also burned. 

y\t one time Mr. Dickenson had large in- 
terests in stage lines, which brought him in 
enormous profits until they were superseded 
by railroads. While engaged in that business 
he kept a hundred horses, and owned the right 
of route. When obliged to abandon it, he 
turned his attention to railroads, and was in- 
strumental in having Sullivan Railroad built 
from liellows Falls to Windsor, Vt., on the 
New Hampshire side. He was a Director of 
the Claremont National Bank for thirty years 
and a Director of the Sullivan Savings Bank 
from the time of its organization. He was a 
thorough business man and an able financier. 
He was County Commissioner in 1868, 1869, 
and 1870, and a Selectman for about fifteen 
years. He married Frances M. Galpin in 
May, 1830, and had two sons, one of whom 
died in infancy. Mrs. Dickenson was a woman 
of rare virtues. Charitable, motherly in her 
ways, and with singular charm of manner, 
she endeared herself to all. She was devoted 
to her husband; and his death, November 3, 
1880, at the age of seventy-seven years, was 

to her a sad affliction. Her death, at the age 
of seventy-two, occurred just a month after the 
decease of her husband. 

Henry Dickenson, son of Aurelius, after 
spending some years in a retail shoe store, 
was engaged with his father in the hotel busi- 
ness. The valuable estate inherited from his 
father was most judiciously handled by him, 
and yielded a good income. He was a member 
of the Episcopal church, and he was legislative 
Representative in 1884 and 1885. His death 
occurred November 13, 1888. He married 
Mary E. , daughter of Bridgeman Hapgood, of 
Reading, Vt. ; and his children were: Harry 
Grant, Aurelius, Laura, Frances, and Ruth. 
All died in infancy with the exception of the 
first-born. Harry G. is a graduate of the 
Stevens High School, and now has charge of 
the estates and interests of his father. 

Bridgeman Hapgood, the father of Mrs. 
Mary E. Dickenson, was born in 1800, son of 
a well-to-do farmer, who built the first frame 
house in Reading, Vt. He became a success- 
ful merchant in Reading, at the same time 
manufacturing starch in Plymouth and woollen 
goods at Weathersfield, Vt. At one time he 
was extensively engaged in farming on the 
old homestead. He was a Democrat in poli- 
tics. He has been Postmaster of the town. 
Justice of the Peace for seventeen years. 
Town Clerk for ten years, trustee of surplus 
revenue for five years, and he represented the 
town in the legislature in 1837-38. For nine 
years in succession he was Chairman of the 
Select Council. He has repeatedly been ap- 
pointed e.xecutor of estates. When in the 
legislature he fought hard to defeat the Bank- 
ruptcy I-aw, which in the passing brought 
heavy loss to him. Knowing that the law had 
been passed, he could have saved himself from 
loss, but was too conscientious. Rather than 
defraud any one, he met all his liabilities. 


He gave up mercantile business and farming, 
and came to Claremont in 1853. Here he 
was engaged in the hardware business until 
he retired in 1S65. He married Laura M. 
Weston, daughter of Parson Weston. She 
died in i860, leaving three children — Edgar 
L., Elizabeth, and Mary E. Mr. Hapgood 
died in 1877. 

stantial farmer of Hopkinton, was 

L^ V,^ , born here, February 25, 1849, son 

of Daniel Pierce and Sally (Barnard) Dustin. 
His grandfather was Ebenezer Dustin, who 
married Sarah Pierce. The father of Ebene- 
zer probably came from New York to this 
State. Daniel Dustin, also born in Hop- 
kinton, two years after his marriage settled 
down on the old homestead, now owned by 
the Hon. Cyrus F. Dustin, who lives in Con- 
toocook. About sixty years ago he bought 
the present farm on the Contoocook, contain- 
ing one hundred and thirty acres, mainly on 
the bottom lands. Two years before his death 
he removed to Contoocook with his son Cyrus, 
where he died April 30, 1880. His widow is 
still living there, a well-preserved woman, 
now seventy-seven years old. He introduced 
Merino sheep from Vermont, and dealt with 
them in a manner calculated to produce the 
finest grades of wool. In politics Mr. Dustin 
was a Republican, while he was indifferent to 
political distinction. A man of robust and 
commanding appearance, weighing about two 
hundred pounds, he was unassuming, honor- 
able, of the strictest integrity, and was well 
liked by his townsmen. 

In his early manhood Henry Daniel Dustin 
followed the calling of teacher, mainly in 
Hopkinton. After leaving that profession at 
the age of thirty-four, he served ably for nine 
years on the School lioaril. He was one of 

the first school officers, and still retains his 
interest in educational matters. F"roni 18S1 
to 1886 he served as Selectman. In 1886 he 
was elected to the legislature, where he was 
a member of the Committee on P"! nance. 
Dairying forms the main feature of his farm- 
ing. He also pays some attention to stock- 
breeding, having some Jersey cattle, and other 
pure-bred stock, as well as some fine samples 
of the Jersey and Guernsey cross. Mr. 
Dustin has added to the farm lands until at 
present they cover two hundred and thirty 
acres. Other improvements made by him 
were the erection of new barns and the re- 
building of a part of the residence. He also 
does some lumbering. In 1871, November 
30, Mr. Dustin married Helen M. Tucker, 
daughter of Deacon David and Mary E. 
(Straw) Tucker. 

For the past seven years a boy, Amos F. 
Frye, now fifteen years of age, has been a 
member of the family. Mrs. Dustin's parents 
also reside with them. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Dustin are members of the Baptist church in 
Contoocook. They are also connected with 
Contoocook Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 
He is an Odd I-'ellow of Kearsarge Lodge 
and Eagle Encampment, in both of which he 
has taken the highest degrees. 

port, who was born here, September 
1;^ V^ . 5, 1818, son of the late Seth Rich- 
ards, comes of distinguished English ances- 
try. Sylvanus Richards, who came here from 
Dedliam, Mass., in the first of the century, 
and took an honorable position among the 
early settlers of the town, was his grandfather. 
His father, a gentleman of the old school, was 
a lifelong resident of Newport. The otlier 
cliil(h-cn of Seth Richards were : Emily, burn 



January 2, 1820, who married I'crlcy S. Coffin, 
now deceased; Elizabeth, born November ig, 
1.S2I, who inanicd tiic late John S. Parmelce, 
and now resides in Newport; I'anny, born July 
23, 1S23, who married J. Addison Glcason, 
and died in 1S57; Abiathar, born Octobers, 
1825, now residing in Newport; Helen, born 
December 14, 1828, who married Moses R. 
luncrson, now deceased; Ann, born Decem- 
ber 30, 1832, who married Arthur 15. Chase, 
and resides in Newport; Catherine, born Jan- 
uary 13, 1834, who married the late Ira 
Mitchell, and now resides in Des Moines, la. 

Mr. Richards was educated in the common 
schools and at Ludlow, Vt. l*^arly in life he 
was employed as a clerk. Later he became 
associated in business with his father and his 
brother Abiathar. In 1853, with his father 
he became a part owner of the Sugar River 
Mills, the other proprietor being Perley S. 
Coffin. In 1867 he purchased Mr. Coffin's 
interest, and became the sole owner. He 
took his son, Colonel Scth M. Richards, into 
partnership in 1872, under the firm name of 
De.vtcr Richards & Son. Some time after, 
his youngest son was given an interest; and 
the firm name of Dc.xter Richards & Sons 
was then adopted. The Sugar River Mills, 
since Mr. Richards became interested in them, 
have been operated with marked success ; and 
it was in the business connected with them 
that he laid the foundation for his success in 
after years. 

Since 1875 Mr. Richards has been a Trus- 
tee and the President of the First National 
Hank of Newport. He has also been promi- 
nently connected with the Newport Savings 
Bank, wliich was incorporated in 1868. It 
was mainly through the agency of Mr. Rich- 
ards, who was a member of the legislature at 
the time, that the Sugar River Railroad, now 
known as the Concord & Claremont Branch of 

the Boston & Maine Railroad, was chartered 
in 1866. When the road, which first connected 
Concord and Bradford, was extended through 
to Claremont Junction, and towns and inrli- 
viduals along the line were called upon to aid 
in its construction, Mr. Richards contributed 
heavily toward the enterprise. He has built 
extensively in Newport. Some years ago he 
erected the fine brick structure known as 
Richards Block; reconstructed and enlarged 
the Dr. Thomas Sanborn dwelling-house, thus 
changing it into a substantial block; and 
erected the fine house which he now occupies 
as his residence. At various times he en- 
larged his mills, and he erected many other 
buildings in different parts of the village. 
An esteemed member of the Congregational 
Church of Newport, he has served it in the ca- 
pacity of Deacon for upward of thirty years. 
He has also been called upon to fill various 
official positions of trust and responsibility. 
In his younger days he was Town Clerk and 
Selectman. He was elected to the General 
Court in 1865, 1866, 1870, and 1895. In 
1S72 he was a delegate to the National Repub- 
lican Convention, and in 1871 and 1872 he 
was a member of the Executive Council of the 
State. He was twice a delegate to the con- 
ventions for revising the State Constitution, 
and he was State Senator in 1887. He has 
also been and is now a trustee of various in- 
stitutions, among which may be mentioned 
Kimball Union Academy, the Orphans' 
Home, and the New Hampshire Asylum for 
the Insane 

But Air. Richards is, perhaps, best known in 
the role of a public benefactor. Among his 
gifts to the public may be mentioned that of 
the Richards Free Library to the town of 
Newport. Including the fine brick buildings, 
a museum in one part of the building, and a 
collection of three thousand volumes, its cost 


was fifty-five thousand dollars. Another was 
the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars, con- 
tributed to the erection of a high-school build- 
ing. This is to be a large brick edifice, 
modern and convenient in every respect. 
This gift was at first twenty-two thousand, 
but he has since informed the building com- 
mittee that he desired to make it twenty -five 
thousand, in order to have the structure com- 
jjletcd to his satisfaction. His contributions 
to the Congregational church for various im- 
provements amount to ten thousand dollars, 
and his contribution toward the completion of 
the Concord & Claremont Railroad, eleven 
thousand. His out of town donations raise 
the total of his public gifts to upward of one 
hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. 
The private gifts which Mr. Richards has 
made from time to time, and which have been 
large and numerous, are withheld from the 
public knowledge. 

On January 27, 1847, Mr. Richards was 
united in matrimony with Louisa Frances 
Hatch, who was born in Hillsborough, April 
10, 1827, daughter of the late Dr. Mason and 
Apphia (Andrews) Hatch. Dr. Hatch, who 
with his family became a resident of Newport, 
was for years one of the best known physicians 
of the town. Mrs. Richards has had si.x chil- 
dren, of whom three are deceased. The 
others are: Colonel Seth M. Richards, now 
the State Senator from this district ^ Mrs. 
Josephine E. Gilc, the wife of Professor M. C. 
Gile, of Coloj-ado College, and llic mother of 
five chilch'en; and William F. Richards, a 
graduate of Harvard College, and, as before 
mentioned, now actively connected with the 
Sugar River Mills. Colonel Richards, born 
June 6, 1850, in Newport, was educated in 
Kimball Union Academy, and later was en- 
gaged in business in Newport and in I^oston. 
Taken into partnership by his father in 1872, 

he assisted him in carrying on the great busi- 
ness. Since the retirement of his father the 
business has been continued under the old 
firm name of De.xter Richards & Sons. In 
politics Colonel Richards is a Republican. 
He was Town Treasurer early in life, a legis- 
lative Representative in 18S5, a member of 
the staff of Governor Sawyer in 1SS7, and 
Town Treasurer again for two terms. He is 
now the Senator from District No. 7. He is 
Vice-President and Director of the First Na- 
tional Bank, Trustee of the Newport Savings 
Bank, President of the Newport Improvement 
Company, Trustee of the Electric Light Com- 
pany, and President of the Board of Trade. 
He is also President of the Sullivan Musical 
Association, and a member of the I. O. O. F". , 
Sugar River Lodge. On October 9, 1878, he 
married Lizzie M. Farnsworth, who was born 
in Newport, daughter of Oliver T. and Caro- 
line (Hunt) Farnsworth. They have three 
children — Edith J., Louisa F., and Mar- 
garet E. 

Mrs. Louisa Frances Richards is a lady of 
superior endowments, and her genial presence 
and graceful and courteous bearing make her 
everywhere welcomed. She is a Trustee of 
the Mercy Home at Manchester, a Trustee of 
the Women's Hospital Aid Association in 
Concord, and also a member of the Reprisal 
Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution of 
Newport. A writer in the work entitled 
"New Haniiishire Women" ju.stly remarks, 
"III church and society Mrs. Richards is an 
acknowledged power, while her tlelightful hos- 
pitality is a thing long to be remembered by 
those who have enjoyed it." Like her hus- 
band, she has been a liberal giver. She has 
bestowed munificent gifts on the Orphans' 
Home at Franklin, the Mercy Home at Man- 
chester, the Women's Hospital Aid Associa- 
tion at Concord, and the Congregational 



church of this town. Mr. and Mrs. Richards 
recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of 
their wedding. On the occasion a brilliant 
reception was ^ivcn by tlicni to the townspeo- 
ple and to near and remote relatives and 
friends, that will long be remembered as a 
notable social event in the history of the 

was for fifty years a prominent physi- 
cian of Contoocook, Merrimack County, 
was born January 11, 1816, in Salisbury, 
N. II. He was a descendant of Thomas Wil- 
son, who came with his wife from Exeter, 
]{!ngland, in 1633, and located in Roxbury, 
Mass. The line of descent was continued by 
Humphrey Wilson, born in 1628, who mar- 
ried Judith Ilersey, and settled in Exeter, 
N. II.; Thomas Wilson, born May 20, 1672, 
who married Mary flight, and continued his 
residence in Exeter; Ilumphrc)' Wilson (sec- 
ond), born December g, 1699, who married 
I\Tary Leavitt, and located in Rrcntwood, 
N.II.; Nathaniel Wilson, born June 24, 1739, 
who married Elizabeth Barker, and settled in 
Gilmanton, N.II.; and Job Wilson, M.D., 
born in Gilmanton, who was the father of Dr. 
Jeremiah W. Wilson. 

Job Wilson, M.D., removed from his native 
town to Salisbury, this county, where he prac- 
tised his profession for many years, finally re- 
moving from there to the town of Eranklin, 
locating near the Daniel Webster place, where 
his son, George W., now lives. He was a very 
skilful physician, and considered an authority 
by his professional brethren on small-pox. 
When that disease was epidemic in New 
Hampshire, he was employed by the State to 
take the medical charge of the patients. His 
death occurred in I'^anklin. He inherited 
the ancestral homestead at Gilmanton, which 

was entailed t(j the children of his son. Dr. 
Jeremiah W. Wilson. His wife, 
maiden name was Nancy Farnham, bore him 
seven children. 

Jeremiah W. Wils<.n altenth^d the public 
schools and the acatlemy at I'"ranklin. At 
the age of twenty he began the study of medi- 
cine under the instruction of his father. Sub- 
sequently he attended a course of lectures at 
Hanover, N.H.; and prior to receiving his de- 
gree of Doctor of Medicine at the University 
in Castleton, Vt., he practised with his father 
and Dr. Ephraim Wilson, his brother. After 
his graduation he came to Contoocook, buying 
out the practice of Dr. Sargent, an old and 
well-known practitioner; and for the remain- 
ing fifty years of his life he was actively en- 
gaged in his professional labors, residing for 
the entire time in the house he at first occu- 
I)ied. His practice extended over a large ter- 
ritory, embracing every town and village in 
this vicinity, and was eminently successful. 
In the diagnosis of the diseases brought to his 
notice he was particularly fortunate, being 
rarely mistaken; while as surgeon his skill 
was unquestioned. He had a rare delicacy of 
perception, and a refinement of thought and 
feeling very gratifying to the sick. Com- 
bined with these qualities were a decision and 
firmness of character that inspired confidence, 
and caused him to be regarded by his patients 
as a friend and counsellor as well as a physi- 
cian. A close student, he kept up with the 
progress of his profession, and as a rule ad- 
hered to the regular practice, although his 
brother Ephraim, a physician in Rockville, 
Conn., was a warm advocate of homoeopathy. 

Ever heedful of the call of distress, Dr. 
Wilson gave his time and skill without mak- 
ing question of compensation; and, being a 
poor collector, fees amounting to hundreds of 
dollars, that the debtors could well afiford to 



pay, have long since been outlawed. In his 
visits to the poor he often contributed neces- 
sary articles of clothing or food to needy fam- 
ilies, besides gratuitously giving his services 
to the sick. Frank and outspoken, he never 
hesitated to express his honest opinion, and 
defend it when necessary. He bought a tract 
of land in Contoocook, and for some years did 
a little farming, intrusting the manual labor 
oftentimes to those owing him for professional 
work and unable to find ready money with 
which to pay their bills. Although other 
physicians located in the town, he maintained 
the even tenor of his way, never forgetting 
the ethics and courtesy of his profession. He 
never aspired to political honors, but was al- 
ways an earnest supporter of the principles of 
the Republican party. He was held in high 
respect by his medical brethren, and was a 
valued member of the County Medical So- 
ciety. For a time he served as Surgeon of the 
Twenty-first Regiment of the State militia, to 
which he was appointed in 1845. 

On March 31, 1847, Dr. Wilson married 
Miss Elizabeth Gerrish, who was born Sep- 
tember 5, 1820, daughter of Thomas and 
Betsey Gerrish, of Boscawen. She died No- 
vember 8, 1882, having borne him three chil- 
dren. These were: Edwin G., Harlan Page, 
and George H. Edwin G. Wilson, M.D., a 
graduate of the medical department of the col- 
lege at Ann Arbor, Mich., practised his pro- 
fession at Griggsville, 111., Leominster, Mass., 
and Laconia, N.H., and died in the last- 
named town, February 8, 1883, at the age of 
thirty-five years. Harlan Page Wilson, a car- 
penter by trade, who spent some ten years in 
the West, now resides on the homestead in Con- 
toocook, and carries on the farm. The Doctor 
and Mrs. Wilson took Miss Martha J. Chase 
into their family when she was a girl of twelve 
years. She subsequently re)iaid the loving 

care they bestowed upon her by tenderly 
watching over the Doctor in his declining 
years. Both the Doctor and his estimable wife 
were earnest and sincere Christians in the 
true sense of the term. Though they were 
connected with the Congregational church of 
Hopkinton for a period of fifty years, they 
worked harmoniously with the Baptist and 
Methodist Episcopal Churches of Contoocook. 
While a friend to all in the community, he 
had a few with whom he was especially inti- 
mate, among them being Joseph Barnard, of 
Hopkinton, and Walter S. Davis. In 1890 
he had a cataract, which threatened his sight, 
successfully removed from his eye. In the 
last years of his life his chief enjoyment was 
the reading of the leading newspapers and 
medical journals of the day as well as the 
choice works of the library. He died in Con- 
toocook, April 30, 1896, having outlived by a 
full decade the Scriptural limit of human life. 

to-do farmer and dairyman of Brad- 

-^ V. , ford, Merrimack County, N. H., 

was born July 16, 1845, in Goshen, Sullivan 
County, this State, a son of Lemuel and Eliza 
(Dodge) Blood. On the paternal side he is 
of Scotch ancestry and on the maternal of 
English. His paternal grandfather served 
throughout the Revolutionary War, and in 
later life was always called General Blood. 
After the war he removed from Maine to New 
Hampshire, locating on Blood Hill in Bradford 
Centre, his son Moody, who later settled in 
the South, coming here with him. The (icn- 
eral subsequently made his home with his son 
Lemuel in Goshen, living there until his 

Lemuel came from Maine to New Hamp- 
shire at the time his father did, but located 

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in Goshen, taking up a tract of three iuuulred 
acres of wild land, from which he redeemed a 
farm. He was three times married, his first 
and second wives, named Hates, having l^ccn 
sisters. lie liad i)y liis liiree unions twcnty- 
otic chilch'cn, his hast wife, formerly Miss 
Eliza Dodge, being the mother of five, namely: 
George I""., who served in the war of the Re- 
bellion, taking part in three of the hardest- 
fought battles ^ Antictam, South Mountain, 
and another — and died a few years later from 
the effects of wounds received at the battle of 
South Mountain; liollis L., the subject of 
this sketch; Jeannette, wife of Ilarland Wil- 
cox, of Newport, N.H.; Mark A., of Mel- 
rose, Mass.; and l'"iank J., who is employed 
in a shoe factory at Nashua, N.II., and is also 
one of the special police of that city. One of 
the older children, Albertus Hlood, was killed 
September 4, 1894, by the falling of a tree. 
His widow still lives in Bradford village; and 
his daughter Ida is the wife of C. VV. Red- 
ington, of whom a short sketch appears else- 
where in this volume. Another son. Moody 
IC, resides in Newport; Harvey is in Cali- 
fornia; Joel is in the State of Washington; 
Rocira is the wife of Wellman George, of 
Manchester; and another sister, Luretta, the 
widow of Hosea Brockaway, lives in Man- 
chester. The father, Lemuel Blood, died at 
the ago of seventy-three years; and at his 
funeral fifteen of the sixteen children then 
living were present, five of each marriage. 

Hollis L. Blood was a bo)- of thirteen when 
his father died. He remained with his 
mother some four years, and then began work- 
ing on a neighboring farm, receiving fifty dol- 
lars a year, board, clothes, and schooling. 
When his brother George enlisted, he went 
back to the home farm, continuing there until 
twenty years old. After that lie again worked 
out as a farm laborer, his wages being twenty- 

five dollars a month; and he soon came to 
Bradford Centre, where he was employed for 
two seasons by K. W. Dodge. He then 
bought a half-interest in the saw-mill of 
Wadleigh & Scavey in the village of l?radford, 
and for eight years, in company with Ben- 
jamin E. Wadleigh, carried on an e.xtcnsivc 
business in custom trade. He made money, 
starting in with a capital of one hundred dol- 
lars, and clearing one thousand dollars above 
all expenses. Selling his interest in that 
mill, he purchased another one, and eventu- 
ally he repurchased his former mill, running 
both for a year or two with John E. French 
as partner. Later Mr. Blood carried on the 
entire business himself for a time, owning 
both of the mills, one of which he dismantled, 
and the other he sold. He then bought the 
steam mill; and three years afterward he sold 
that, and purchased a grist-mill in the vil- 
lage, which he operated four and one -half 
years, at the same time having a large trade in 
grain and fet;d. In March, 1890, giving up 
milling, in which he had been engaged for 
twenty-four years, he bought a new store in 
the village, on the site of an old business 
house, and for three and one-half years he was 
engaged in the sale of general merchandise. 
In the fall of 1893 he disposed of his store, 
and bought the Jonathan Peaslee farm, an old 
landmark of the town, one mile west of the 
village. He has since added to his acreage, 
his estate being nearly two miles in length. 
He carries on general farming, including 
dairying, for which he keeps ten or more 

On November 24, 1S67, Mr. Blood married 
Miss Frances L. Seavey, who was born in 
Newbury, a daughter of Andrew Seavey, now 
residing in the village of Bradford. Mr. and 
Mrs. Blood have three children, namely: 
Mabel F., wife of Frank P. Craig, of Bradford 


village; L. Estelln, who was educated at the 
New London Academy, and teaches at Brad- 
ford in School No. 6; and Nettie E., who 
is yet a school-girl. 

In politics Mr. Blood is a firm advocate of 
the principles of the Republican party, and 
besides serving several years as secretary of 
the local committee has been a delegate to 
numerous conventions. He is an active mem- 
ber of the School Board, having the super- 
vision of two schools, Nos. 6 and 12. He is 
j)rominent in Masonic circles, belonging to 
St. Peter's Lodge, No. 31, F. & A. M., in 
which he is a Past Master, and is now serv- 
ing his third term as Worthy Master, being 
one of the most enthusiastic workers in the 
organization. He is also a member of Massa- 
secum Lodge, No. 34, I. O. O. F., in which 
he has passed all the chairs, and is likewise 
a member of the Grand Lodge. Mr. Blood is 
a very genial, social man, popular with his 
townspeople. He has a most cosey and attrac- 
tive farm-house home, which it is a pleasure 
to visit. 

/5%/ known merchant of Contoocook, son 
of Calvin H. and Julia (Fisher) 
Mudgett, was born in P'ranklin, Merrimack 
County, September 16, 1855. His great- 
grandfather came to New Hampshire from 
Maine, and settled at Holderness. The 
grandfather, William Mudgett, was born at 
Holderness, now Ashland. In his young 
manhood he went to Bristol, where he was 
subsequently engaged in farming, and died in 
his ninetieth year. His wife's maiden name 
was Huckins. Calvin H., son of William 
and the father of William E. Mudgett, was 
formerly a resident of Bristol, where he was 
engaged in farming find lumbering, owning 
large tracts of timber land. He now resides 

in Contoocook, to which he removed seven or 
eight years ago, after retiring from active busi- 
ness life. His wife, Julia, died eight years 
ago at Bristol. He has one daughter, Nellie, 
wife of Henry Eastman, now deceased, who 
was formerly a farmer of Contoocook. 

William E. Mudgett spent his boyhood at 
Bristol, where he remained until he was six- 
teen years of age, attending the New Hamp- 
ton Institution. At the age of sixteen years 
he entered Stearns Carpet Store, now kept by 
the Stewart Comjjany, where he remained for 
four years as a clerk. He then travelled as a " 
salesman for various Boston houses, visiting 
the principal cities of the country, and selling 
to the jobbing trade throughout the Middle, 
Western, and Southern States. In the course 
of time he secured a half-interest in the firm, 
after which he found it necessary to leave the 
road, and take personal charge of the store. 
He began business as a store-keeper in April, 
1890, succeeding T. B. Richardson. His 
stock usually amounts to about ten thousand 
dollars. He ships grain in the shape of bran, 
meal, gluten, linseed, and middlings, at the 
rate of one hundred and twenty-five or one 
hundred and thirty carloads per annum. For 
thirteen years he has also speculated in cider 
apples, buying up large quantities all over 
New England, especially in Connecticut, 
averaging about two hundred carloads per 
season. Of late years he has done more busi- 
ness in apples than formerly. He is a stock- 
holder of the New England I-'ruit Company 
at Concord, and has supplied the comiiany 
with a large share of their apples. 

Mr. Mudgett was married at Contoocook, 
September 16, 1876, to Lona Chase, daughter 
of Thomas and Mary Parsons Chase, of the 
same place. Mr. Chase was the popular 
landlord of the old inn at Contoocook, which 
was also kept by him during the war. He 



(licil tluTo since tlic marriage of his daughter 
I.oiia, in iiis eighty-eighth year. His wife 
still lives, being now in her eighty-sixth year. 
Mr. Miulgett's children are: Nellie May, a 
graduate of IFenniker High School and now 
a teacher; Lillian ]., also a graduate of llen- 
niker High School, class of 1896; and Will- 
iam Chase, a student at Menniker High 
School. Mrs. Mudgett died February 10, 
1897. In politics Mr. Mudgett is a Republi- 
can, and he has served on various commis- 
sions, lie belongs to Kearsarge Lodge, No. 
23, and the encampment of the L O. O. F. at 
Contoocook, having passed all the chairs of 
the lodge. 

IIAKLES A. JEFTS, a pro.sperous 

business man of Langdon, was born in 
Putney, Vt., January 27, 1S53, son 
of .\l|)honso M. and Almira (Clough) Jefts. 
lie comes of a family whose founder emigrated 
from Fngland some time in the seventeenth 
century, settling in liillerica, Mass., and 
whose descendants made their home in that 
State for many years. Jonathan, the great- 
grandfather of Charles A., born in Townsend, 
Mass., was the first to seek a home in the 
Granite State. The last years of his life were 
spent in the town of Mason. ITosley Jefts, 
the father of Alphonso M., and a native of 
Mason, removed to I^angdon, where he was en- 
gaged in farming, and afterward died. He 
married Abigail Green; and they had eight 
chiklren, respectively named: Harriet, Luli- 
ana, Caroline, Roxanna, Albert, Aljihonso 
M., Eli, and Panielia. 

Alphonso M. Jefts, a native of Antrim, 
N.H., was born in March, 1815, and died 
June 18, 1891. He settled on a farm in Put- 
ney, \'t., but afterward came to Langdon, 
which was subsequently his home for forty 
years. He had no political ambition, and he 

was an attendant of the liipiscopal church. 
Almira, his wife, who wa.s born in Westmore- 
land, N.H., December 25, 18 15, daughter of 
John Clough, of Stamford, Vt., had nine chil- 
dren — Mason, Maria, Abigail, Harriet, Mary 
P., Mira A., Fred F., John W., and Charles 
A. Mason, now deceased, was born in Put- 
ney, followed the occupation of farmer, and 
spent his life in Al.stead. He married Ca- 
lista Clark. Maria is the wife of ]5enjamin 
Wales, a broker in Taunton, Mass., and has 
two children. Abigail and Harriet died in 
girlhood. Mary P., who is a graduate of 
Mount Holyoke College, has been engaged 
in teaching for fifteen years, and is now the 
French teacher of the Worcester High School. 
Mira A., who was educated at Mount Holyoke 
College, is the wife of Lester Sprague, a hard- 
ware dealer of Hartford, Conn., and has one 
chikl, Mary A., now Mrs. Chauncey Urainard, 
of Putney, Vt. Fred F. , who was educated 
at Chester Academy, and is in the paper man- 
ufacturing business in Carthage, N.Y. , mar- 
ried Carrie Adams, of Bellows Falls, Vt. , 
and has one son, Clyde A. John W. Jefts, 
who was educated at Ashburnham (Mass.) 
Academy, and is a farmer of Langdon, married 
Hattie Simpson, of this place. 

Charles A. Jefts received his education in 
the schools of Langdon and Fort Edward Col- 
lege, New York State, graduating therefrom 
in the class of 1874. Upon his return from 
college, he took up farming with his father on 
the homestead, of which he is the present 
owner. Besides attending to his farm duties, 
he does a limited business as a broker. While 
he has always made Langdon his home, he has 
taken a number of pleasure trips to various 
parts of the country. The esteem in which he 
is held is evidenced by the fact that his towns- 
men have elected him to serve them in many 
of the principal town offices. In religious 



belief he is an ICpiscopaliaii, and serves the 
society in the capacity of chinch waiilen. He 
is a mcniljcr uf the ■rranu.e. 

)AUREN S. CLOUGH, farmer and 
stnctc-raiscr of Loudon, was born in 
Alton, N. IL, March 5, 1842, son 
of Samuel and Ruth (I'hilbrobk) Clnugh. 
His grandfather, Samuel Clough, a native of 
Gilmanton, N. H., and a resident of that town 
for the greater part of his life, was one of the 
sons of three brothers who settled in Gilman- 
ton. Samuel spent his last years in Alton, 
N. H., where he died January 21, 1828. His 
wife, Rhoda (Carr) Clough, survived him 
until July 3, 1840. They had four children 
— Hannah, John, Samuel, Jr., and Eliza, all 
now deceased. 

Samuel Clough, Jr., lived on the old home- 
stead for some time and then came to Loudon, 
and subsequently lived there fifty-eight years. 
He was engaged in farming for the greater 
part of his life. During his residence in 
Alton he was one of the Selectmen of the 
town. He married Miss I'hilbrook, and they 
had five children, as follows: Myron, born 
December 2, 1833, who married Elizabeth 
Prescott, of Alton, and is now a farmer in 
Gilmanton; Miranda, born March 22, 1835, 
who is the wife of George W. J. Johnson, and 
resides on a farm in Pittsficld, N.II. ; l^liza 
Jane, born January 8, 1840, who now lives 
with her brother, Lauren S., on the old Imnie- 
stead; Lauren S., the subject of this biogra- 
phy; Ruth Ellen, born y\j)ril 28, 1844, who 
successively married Oliver Ihitchinson, (jf 
Loudon, wlic) died, and Allen Anderson, of 
California, a machinist by trade, and now lives 
in San Francisco, Cal. The father died July 
19, 1S89, and the mother June 23, 1874. 

Lauren S. Clough always remained at home 

with his parents, receiving a good eilucatimi in 
the best schools of the county. After the 
death of his father he took charge of the old 
homestead. He now owns one hundred acres 
nf lanil under cultivation besides seventy-five 
acres of pasture land. The property has been 
much enhanced in value by the erection of sev- 
eral substantial buildings. liesides carrying 
on the farm successfully, he is also engaged in 
stock-raisitig to a considerable extent. 

On June 3, 1877, Mr. Clough married iMibie 
Sarah Weeks, of Loudon, a daughter of Ste- 
phen H. and Elizabeth (Haines) Weeks, both 
of whom are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. 
Clough had four children, of whom one died 
unnamed in infancy. The others are: Grace, 
born May 8, 1878, who resides at home; Ethel 
M., born February 27, 1880, now attending 
school in Loudon ; and Gertrude, born May 29, 
1882, living at home. Mrs. Clough died 
December 3, 1884. Mr. Clough has always 
been a Republican in his political life, while 
he has never been an office-seeker. He is a 
Deacon of the F'ree Baptist Church of Loudon, 
of which church his sister is also a member. 

lEWIS D. HAINES, a prominent 
farmer and large land-owner residing 
in Northfield, was born in this 
town, February 7, 1845, son of the late Benja- 
min Haines and his wife, Martha (Kennison) 
Haines. The father, born in Ep[)ing, was 
(jnly four years old when his father, George 
L. Haines, settled in Canterbury, this county. 
After living there for some years, father and 
son came lo Northfield and settled on the 
homestead now ociiipied by Mi-. Lewis 
Haines, anti which was then known as the 
I'^llison place. Benjamin Haines was a farmer 
by occupation. He died June 29, 1878, leav- 
ing a good name and a fair estate to his chil- 



(Iicn. 1 1 is wile, Martliti, wlio was Ijoni in 
Caiilcii)tiry, diud July 18, 1 8y6. 'I'hc eldest of 
tliuir liiicc children, George li. Haines, M.D., 
is a well Iviiiiwii phj'siciai) of X'alley I'"alls, 
R.I. He married Dora liabhit, who is now 
deceased. The youngest child and the only 
daughter, Miss Ida M. Haines, who was horn 
Novend)cr 3, 1848, and was educated at Tilton 
Seminar)', resides with her brother on the 
homestead. She is well known in the social 
life of Northficld, and is an active member of 
the Congregational church of that place. 

Lewis D. Haines, the second son of his 
parents, attended the ccmimon schools of his 
native town. Since then he has always lived 
on the home farm, and has been engaged in 
farming. After the death of his father he 
took entire charge of the estate, which has 
been much ini[ir(i\-oil in his hands. He is 
the owner of about five hundred acres of land. 
Bedsides carrying on general farming exten- 
sively, he does considerable dairy business. 
He keeps about thirty head of cattle, and shij)S 
milk to the Boston markets. Always a hard- 
working man, he has never sought jiublic 
ofTice. He is a good Republican, and has al- 
ways voted that ticket. Both Mr. Haines and 
his sister are members of the grange at Til- 
ton and regular attendants at the meetings of 
that organizatit)u. Mr. Haines's farm was 
formerly owmed by Richard Ellison, wh(j was 
the grandfather of General Butler. 

|I1.\RLES ASA IIOLDKN, a well- 
to-do farmer of Langdon, was born in 
this town, August 4, 1833, son of 
Asa and Mary Ann (lilvans) Ilolden. Ed- 
mund Holden, the father of Asa, was a native 
of Shirley, Mass., and the first of the family 
to settle in Langdon. He was a prosperous 
farmer and stock-raiser. In 1796 he married 

Susan Rock wood, of Groton, Mass., and be- 
came the father of si.\ children, ijorn as follows: 
Amantia, in 1797; Suka, in 1799; Edmund, 
in 1802;, May 30, 1804; Rockworul, in 
1809; and Sophronia, in 1813. 

Asa Holden taught school for a number o| 
years in different towns. Then he purchased 
a farm, and was engaged in carrying it on 
until he gave up active work, some twelve 
years before his death, which happened De- 
cember 12, 1885, when he was over eighty-one 
years of age. He was a Deacon of the Con- 
gregational church for many years. Mary 
Ann (Evans) Ilolden, his wife, was born in 
Rockingham, Vt., in 181 1, and died in Sep- 
tember, 1874, aged si.xty-thrcc. Their chil- 
dren were: Charles Asa, Mary E., George 
H., Henry M., Luella V., and Edward M., 
all of whom were born in Langdon. Mary 
E. , the elder daughter, now deceased, who 
was born January 26, 1835, married Samuel 
K. Upton, formerly of Langdon, now of Ac- 
worth, N. H., and had two children — Mary L. 
and Hattie L. , respectively the wives of 
Charles Barney, of Claremont, N. H., and 
William II. Wilson, of Langdon. George II., 
born July 29, 1838, who lives in Walpole and 
is a farmer, married Jane Allen, of Walpole, 
who died leaving two sons — George N. and 
Charles H. Henry M., born October 14, 
1840, -who is a successful farmer in Langdon, 
married Emma Dinsmore, of Alstead, N. H., 
and has three daughters — Edith, Etta M., and 
Dora. Luella V., born December 12, 1845, 
is the wife of Orr Wallace, an Alstead farmer, 
auctioneer, and trader in land and stock, and 
has no chiklren. Edwaril M., born Ajjril 21, 
1851, who is a farmer in Walpole, N. H., mar- 
ried Lora 1*". Burt, a native of WaljJole, and 
has no children. 

After completing his education, which was 
acquired in the town schools, Charles A. 



Ilolden carried on the home farm for a time. 
Later he bought the farm on wliich lie now 
lives. liesides tilling his land, he has given 
considerable attention to stock-growing, and 
has raised a large number of o.xen. He was 
Selectman of the town for fourteen years, and 
Chairman of the Selectmen for several terms. 
In 1S73-74 he was a Representative in the 
State legislature, and served on the Industrial 
School Committee. He is an attendant of the 
Congregational church. 

On November iS, 1862, Mr. Holden was 
united in marriage with Miss Emily A. King, 
who was born in Acworth, N. H., March 29, 
1835. She is a daughter of Captain Samuel 
King, who died August 29, 1S77. Her par- 
ents had fourteen children, who all attained 
maturity. Mr. and Mrs. Holden have three 
children — Emily Corinne, Charley Clyde, and 
Allen K. Emily Corinne, born October 6, 
1863, is now the wife of George Winch, a 
school teacher in Manchester, N.H., arid has 
one child — Emily J., born in November, 
1892. Charles Clyde, born January 10, 1S66, 
now a travelling salesman for a jewelry firm in 
White River Junction, Vt., married Marcia 
Billings, and resides in Sabattus, Me. He has 
two children: Clyde T., born in March, 1895; 
and an infant son, Royal Charles. Allen K. 
Ilolden, born August li, 1870, who lives on 
a large milk farm in Newton, Mass., married 
1"" ranees Wingate, of Mooers Forks, N. Y. 

iHARLES A. IIUKER, an energetic 
and successful farmer of Northfield, 
was born January 12, 1846, in 
Melun, France, near Paris, son of MelhcLU' 
and Katherinc (Farney) Huber, both also 
natives of Melun. His father, who followed 
the sea during the active jjeriod of his life, 
died in France, August 21, 1855. Mr. 

Huber's mother, having survived her husband 
but three days, died August 24. Melheur and 
Katherinc F. Iluber were the parents of four- 
teen children, as follows: Petre Paul, who 
died in the army; Joseph, who resides in 
Pennsylvania; Louis, who lives near Manches- 
ter, N.H. ; Alexander, a bricklayer of Con- 
cord, N. H. ; Victorine and Amelia, who are 
still residing in France; Eugene, a resident of 
New York State; Charles A., the subject of 
this sketch; Albert, who is residing in the 
West; Emile, of Manchester; Melheur and 
John, neither of whom emigrated to America; 
Carl, who is deceased; and Hector, who is 
in the shoe business in Buffalo, N. Y. 

Charles A. Huber was educated in the com- 
mon and high schools of his native country. 
After completing his studies, he entered the 
F"rench army, with which he served eight 
years. In 1870 he emigrated to the United 
States, where four of his brothers had already 
found a home. He first settled in Manches- 
ter, where he was employed for some time. 
Subsequently he was for two years engaged as 
a in Concord. After his marriage he 
was employed as a gardener in Franklin for 
three years. Then he bought the Gross farm, 
situated near Tilton village in the town of 
Northfield, where he now resides. He owns 
one hundred and seven acres of fertile land, 
and is an extensive grower of garden truck for 
the city markets. 

On April 21, 1879, Mr. Huber was united 
in marriage with Henriette Larivire. She 
was born in St. Mary, P.O., April 16, 1845, 
daughter of John and Bridget (I)ayer) Lari- 
vire. John Larivire was a carjienter by trade. 
Both he and his wife always resided in Can- 
ada. Mr. and Mrs. Huber have four cliiUhen, 
namely: Albert, born I'ebruary 26, 1880; 
Louise, born February 5, 1882; Ora, born 
P'ebruary 15, 1883; and Lottie, born June 21, 


1S.S5. In pdlilics Mr. Iluljcr is a JJcmocrat, 
ami lie has scrx'ocl with ability as Roail Siu- 
vcyi)!'. lie lias hilmrcd industriously for the 
prosperity he now enjoys. lie had the mis- 
fortune to have his house destroyed by fire in 
1895. Now he has a pleasant and comfort- 
able home. lie is a member of the St. John 
the I?aptist Society, and the family attend the 
Roman Calliolic church. 

kURKIM. .MOOR I'"., a prominent 
aimer and cattle breeder of 
Northfield, was born in this 
town, November 18, 1829, son of Morrill S. 
and Sarah (Hancock) Moore. His grand- 
father, I^zekiel Moore, passed the most of his 
life in Canterbury, N.ll., where he was en- 
gaged in farming; anil his last days were spent 
in Bristol, N. II. The father, Morrill S. 
Moore, was born in Caiiterbury, October 29, 
1798. He settled in Northfield, and folUnved 
agriculture until his death, which occurretl 
May 14, 1860. His wife, Sarah, born in 
Northlield, Ajiril 7, 1794, became the mother 
of five children, namely: Orpha, wlio died in 
infancy; Clarissa, born April 18, 1827; Polly, 
born May i, 1828; Morrill, the subject of 
this sketch; and Merrill, born March 4, 1831. 
Clarissa, who married Joseph Cross, a farmer 
of Northfield, and died June 12, 1S97, had 
nine children — I'rank, Clara, Sarah, Albert, 
]'"red, Warren, Flora, Charles, and Walter. 
Clara and Warren are deceased. Polly Moore 
married Willis Gray, of Northfield, and died 
leaving one daughter — lunma J., who is the 
wife of Joseph Nealey, of Nottingham, N. H. 
Merrill, who died February 26, 1889, wedded 
for his first wife Caroline I>ake, of Canterbury, 
who died in i860. A second marriage united 
him with Mary Heath, of the same town, who 
had three children: Clara and George, now 

decea.sed ; and Sadie, who is the wife of P'red 
Watson, of Northfield. Mrs. Morrill S. M«ore 
died October 24, 1858. 

Morrill Moore acquireil a common-school 
educaticjn and was reared to farm life. He re- 
mained with his parents, assisting on the farm, 
and afterward followed agriculture. In 1878 
he moved to his present farm, which contains 
three hundred acres, and affords him ample 
opportunity for general farming and cattle 
breeding. He makes a S|)ecialty of raising 
thoroughbred Devon stock, and also jjroduces 
a large quantity of superior butter. On March 
3, 1858, Mr. Moore was joined in marriage 
with Lavina A., who was born in Camp- 
ton, N. PI., September 3, 1834, daughter of 
Daniel M. and P^liza (Dudley) Husc. Her 
parents, who were natives of Sanbornton, re- 
sided in Campton, from which town they 
moved to Northfield, and settled upon the farm 
now owned by Mr. Moore. They reared three 
children, as follows: Lavina A., who became 
Mrs. Moore; Sarah family, born September 
I, 1840, who married 15. W. Plummer; and 
Ann P^liza, born January 8, 1845, who married 
George P'. l^lanchard, a farmer of Canterbury. 
Daniel M. Iluse died September 3, 1883; and 
his wife died January 17, 1888. 

Mr. and Mrs. Moore have had five children 
— P>liza Abbie, P>ank H., Cora E., Delia A., 
and Arthur G. Eliza, born May i, i860, died 
December 30 of the same year; P'rank PI., 
born March 25, 1862, is now a grain dealer in 
Laconia; and Cora E. , born January 12, 1864, 
married Oliver Taylor, a blacksmith of La- 
conia. Delia A., born May 11, 1867, who 
married George A. Dearborn, a native of 
Hill, N.PP, now lives in Concord, where her 
husband is in the grocery business. She has 
two children: Mildred A., born September 17, 
1892; and Plarold M., born December 19, 
1896. Arthur G. Moore, born June 26, 1872, 



is in the live-stock business, and is one of 
the most popular young men in Northfield. 
In politics Mr. Morrill Moore is a Democrat, 
and he has been Tax Collector for six years. 
He is connected with the Northfield Grange, 
and is one of the most practical and successful 
farmers and stock-raisers in this locality. 

ILLIS JORDAN, a well-known agri- 
culturist of riainfield, who gives 
special attention to dairying and 
poultry raising, was born in this town, Sep- 
tember lo, 1850, son of William R. and 
Esther (Spaulding) Jordan. The Jordan fam- 
ily, an old and prominent one of this town, 
has produced men of high integrity and of 
stanch loyalty to the nation. Its first repre- 
sentatives in America were among the early 
settlers. Later the family gave the country 
stalwart and steadfast soldiers for the old 
French and Indian War, for the War of Inde- 
pendence, and for the second war with Eng- 
land, as well as defenders of the Union in the 
great Civil War. 

James Jordan, grandfather of Willis Jor- 
dan, is believed to have been the first of the 
family to settle in Plainfield. He was a very 
])rosperous farmer, and was held in high re- 
spect by his townspeople. His wife, whose 
maiden name was Kenyon, bore him a large 
family of boys; namely, William R., Ray- 
mond K., Timothy I.., Anthony W. , James 
W. , Jarvis J., and Johnson. Raymond, by 
trade a cooper, was engaged in that business 
at Plainfield, and also did some farming. 
Timothy L. was a stone mascjn and farmer, and 
lived in this town. Anthony W. was also a 
stone mason of Plainfield. James and Jarvis 
were farmers in this town, and lived here 
throughout their lives. All of these sons 
married, antl had families. Johnson died 

young. William R. Jordan, father of Willis, 
born at Plainfield in the year 1S07, died in 
1865. He took up the occupation of farmer, 
and worked so energetically and successfully 
that at his death he owned the large farm 
known as the Abel Stone place. He acquired 
this through his own efforts, unaided by his 
father or by others. While not a seeker for 
political honors, he never failed in his duties 
as a good citizen. He married Esther Spauld- 
ing, who, born in 1805, daughter of Simon 
Spaulding, of Plainfield, died in 1S90. The 
eight children of this marriage were: Lewis 
S., Sophia, Henry C. , Rosamond, Harrison 
H., MaryM., Darwin F., and Willis Jordan. 
Since Grandfather Jordan settled in Plainfield, 
the men reared in this family have found occu- 
pation in this their native town, and have been 
l^rominent in affairs. Lewis Jordan is living 
at Plainfield, a prosperous farmer. Sophia, 
now deceased, married Mr. Dodge, of Plain- 
field. Henry is unmarried. Rosamond be- 
came the wife of Willard Hayward, who is 
now deceased. Plarrison H. died some years 
since. Mary is Mrs. Sidney Sanborn, and the 
mother of several children. Darwin, who is 
engaged in farming, married and has a family 
of children. 

Willis Jordan was the youngest of his par- 
ents' children. He helped his father on the 
farm until he came of age. Then he struck 
out for himself, and has since been a successful 
business man. He is extensively engaged in 
general fanning, but devotes himself espe- 
cially to dairying and poultry raising. He has 
always given close and careful attention to the 
details of his business, which characteristic, 
joined to his thrift and industry, has gained 
for him general esteem. 

Mr. Jordan married Ella S. , who was l)orn 
September 20, 185 1, daughter of Albert K. 
Reed, a wealthy PlainfieUl farmer. Her three 



children arc: WcslL-y \V. , born May 8, 1S76; 
Heriiic-c !•;., l)iirn January 27, 1X83; and 
Ral|ili K., Jiiirn Nnvcnihcr 13, 1887. Wesley 
Jordan is now a student at IJartnioiitli College, 
having fitted for that institution at Kimball 
Union Academy. The two younger children 
are still attending the town schools f)f I'lain- 


RANK ]•:. RANDALL, Postmaster of 
I'ittsfield and an ex-nieniber of the 
New Hampshire legislature, was born 
in til is town. May 5, 1 842, son of Thomas 
li. and Mary G. (rickering) Randall. llis 
grandfather, Robert Randall, a prosperous 
farmer of Lee, N. If., died in that town at a 
good old age. R(}bert's wife, who reached the 
age of eighty years, was the niotiier of two 
sons, neither of whom is living. 

Tliomas 1). Randall, the elder of Roljcit's 
sons, was born in W'lien a young man 
lie learned the l)lacksniith's trade, which he 
afterward fidlowei! in I'ittsfield for some years. 
In 1S45 he went to Manchester, N. H., and 
was employed in the .\moskeag factory until 
his death, which occurred in 1850, at the age 
of forty-two years, lie was a rugged and able- 
bodied man, capable of much hard work, and 
had the esteem and good will of all who knew 
him. Although not an aspirant to pidjlic 
office, he took an earnest interest in pcditical 
matters. Lie was a niendier of the liaptist 
church. His wife, Mary G., was a daughter 
of John Pickering, of Barnstead, N. H., and a 
descendant of John Pickering, an early resi- 
dent of Portsmouth, N.II. She became the 
mother of seven children, of whom the sur- 
vivors are: John N. Randall, M.IX, Frank 
Iv, Kvelyn, and Olive, all of whom were born 
in Pittsfield. Dr. Randall, a graduate of the 
Harvard L^niversity Medical School, was for- 
merly Assistant Surgeon in the regular army, 

and is now jtractising his profession in Deca- 
tur, 111. He wedded Mary Thatcher, a native 
of Penn.sylvania, and has one daughter — Ikr- 
tha T. Kvelyn is the wife of Charles K. 
Co.\, of Manchester, and has four children — 
Walter, (juy, Louis, and Channing. Olive 
married Robert I. .Stern, of Manchester, and 
has no children. Mr.s. Thomas H. Randall 
lived seventy-two years. 

I'rank K. Randall passed a porti<jn of his 
boyhood in Manchester, but eventually returned 
to Pittsfield. He began his education in the 
common schools of his native town, and com- 
pleted his studies at the Pittsfield Academy. 
Having prepared himself for educational work, 
he was engaged in the calling of teacher for 
twenty-five yeans, three in I'armington, N.II., 
and the rest in Pittsfield. In 1S86 he was 
first appointed Postmaster, in which capacity 
he served four years. In 1894 President 
Cleveland appointed him to the same position, 
which he still holds. In this town he owns a 
small farm, the cultivation of which, together 
with his official duties, takes up his entire 
time and attention. In politics he is a Dem- 
ocrat, and he has long been a leading spirit in 
local public affairs. He was Superintendent 
of Schools for twenty years, and was Selectman 
and Town Clerk for one term each. In 1S77 
and 1878 he represented his district in the 
legislature, and he was County Auditor in 
1879. He has also served upon the Board of 
Education; and, when the Police Court was 
located in Pittsfield, he was Special Police 
Justice for seven years. 

On December 20, 1S76, Mr. Randall was 
united in marriage with Mary Abbie Fife, 
daughter of John II. Fife, of Epsom, N.II. 
She is the mother of two children : Bertha M., 
born August 6, 1878; and Helen D., born 
June 25, 1884. Mr. Randall is connected 
with N. H. Woodbine Lodge, I. O. 0- F., of 



Farmington, N. H., and with the Improved 
Order of Red Men. Mrs. Randall is a mem- 
ber of the Free Will Baptist church. 


Ik^y successful general merchant of Pitts- 
-l->^ field, was born in Barnstead, N. H., 
April 22, 1S20, son of John and Sally (Sew- 
ard) Adams. Four of his ancestors came 
from England ; and one of them, who was a 
Congregational minister, settled at Newing- 
ton, N. H. William Adams, grandfather of 
the subject of this sketch, was a carpenter by 
trade, ^e was also a farmer ; and he resided 
in Barnstead all his life, attaining the age of 
seventy years. He supported the Whig party 
in politics, while his religious belief was 
that of the Congregational denomination. He 
married Hannah Jacobs, who had four chil- 
dren, and lived about eighty years. 

John Adams, eldest child of his parents, was 
born in Barnstead. When a young man he 
learned the carpenter's trade, which, with 
farming, was the main occupation of the active 
period of his life. He resided in Barnstead 
until his death, which occurred when he was 
seventy-eight years old. In politics he was a 
Whig. His wife, Sally, was a daughter of 
George Seward, of ]?arnstead, whose death oc- 
curred at about the same age as that of her 
husband. She was a member of the Congre- 
gational church. She became the mother of 
twelve children, eight sons and four daughters, 
eight of whom are living. These are: Pea- 
body H., Frank, George W., Nathaniel W., 
Alvah, Hannah, Mary, and Nancy. Frank 
married for his first wife a Miss Taylor, of 
Lowell, who had one daughter, Susie. For 
his second wife he wedded a lady named Holt, 
who had three children — Abbie, Blanche, and 
l''rai)k, Jr. Cieorge W. married a Miss Ware, 

of Lowell, Mass.; and his children are; El- 
vira, Lyman, Sadie, Clara, Raljih W. , and 
Arthur W. Nathaniel married Amanda 
Blake, and has one son, William. Alvah 
married Amanda Green, and has one son, 
Lewis. Mary is the widow of Eliphalet 
Miller, and has no children. Nancy is the 
widow of a Mr. Novin, late of Minneapolis, 
Minn., and has three children — P""red, Clara, 
and Ida. 

Peabody Hodgdon Adams was educated in 
the schools of Barnstead and Loudon, N. H. 
After completing his studies, he learned the 
carpenter's trade with his father, and subse- 
quently followed it and farming for many 
years in Loudon. In 1S65 he moved to Pitts- 
field, where he bought a farm located on Con- 
cord Hill; and he resided there until 1876. 
In 1874, with his son, Frank W. , he formed 
the firm, V. U. Adams & Co., who have since 
conducted a profitable general mercantile busi- 

On March 15, 1847, Mr. Adams wedded 
Martha S. Wells, daughter of Stephen Wells, 
of Loudon, N. H. Of their three children 
two are living — Elizabeth and Frank W. 
Elizabeth is the wife of Clarence Johnson, 
of Pittsfield ; and her children are: Scott A. 
and Edward L. Frank W. married Hattie 
Marston, daughter of John Marston, of this 
town, and has one daughter, Abbie A. Mrs. 
P. H. Adams died October 17, 1893. In 
politics Mr. Adams is a Republican, and he 
has served with ability as a Selectman for 
three years. He attends the I'ree Will ]5ap- 
tist church, of which the late Mrs. Adams 
was a member. 

f^OSEl'H RUSSELL,, a merchant 
of Sunapee, was born July 8, 1836, son 
of Jonathan and I'luebe (Hazelton) 

Russell. His father, Jonalliaii Russell, a na- 




tivc of Manchester, N. II., horn July 20, 1801, 
wlio was an industrious, harcl-\vorl<ing man, 
si)cnl the most of his life in New London, 
George's Mills, and Springfield, N.H. I-"or 
his first wife he married Hannah Johnson, who 
(lied November 8, 1825, in Chester, N.H. 
They had two children, both now deceased, 
namely: Robinson, born January 22, 1822; 
and John, born April 22, 1825. His second 
wife, in maidenhood Phoebe Hazelton, who 
was born September 20, 1800, in New London, 
Iiad four children, as follows: William, born 
December 4, 1829; Oliver, born October 2, 
1S31; Jonathan, born October 13, 1833; and 
Joseph, the subject of this sketch. Of these 
children William is deceased; Oliver is at 
present living in Lawrence, Mass. ; and Jona- 
than is in Lawrence, Kan. Afterward he 
successively married Sarah Hazelton and Anna 
M. Frothingham. He died March 8, 1884. 

Joseph Russell received his early education 
in the schools of New I^ondon. When quite 
young he began to work on his father's farm. 
At the age of twenty years he engaged in gen- 
eral farming on his own account, and was so 
occupied until 1S29. Then he started in 
trade in Otterville, where he remained about 
seven years. Subsequently, after staying in 
Sunapee for a short time, he went back to 
New London, and engaged in lumbering and 
farming. In 1882 he again removed to Suna- 
])ee, and opened a general store, which he car- 
ried on until a short time ago, when he sold 
out. Now, besides following the business of 
auctioneer, he is a partner in the firm of 
Ma.xson & Co., who conduct a general store. 
In politics he is a Democrat. He is a Justice 
of the Peace and Quorum, and he has been Se- 
lectman, Supervisor, and Moderator. 

In 1856 he married for his first wife Har- 
riett Palmer, who died January 5, 1S89. She 
left one child, Rocna A. Russell, born De- 

cember 24, 1861, who now lives in Dundee, 
II!., and is the wife of S. M. Abbott. On 
I'"ebruary 26, i8go, he married Klla M. Emer- 
son, who was born in Grantham, N. IL, Janu- 
ary 16, 1862, daughter of John and Mary 
lunerson. By this union there were two chil- 
dren: Floyd, who died at the age of one year; 
and Leighton J., born June 10, i89r. In re- 
ligion Mr. Russell and Mrs. Russell arc lib- 
erals. He has been quite successful in his 
business, being a hard worker and very indus- 
trious. He is a prominent man in the com- 
munity, and has the respect of his fellow- 

RRICN OSGOOD, a .substantial farmer 
of Newport, was born there, June 22, 
1 81 8, son of Lemuel and Hannah 
(Spaulding) Osgood. His grandfather, Will- 
iam Osgood, one of the early settlers of the 
district, took up a farm and built a log house 
when the place was still a part of the wilder- 
ness and was infested by bears. The log 
house was destroyed by fire, and another 
wooden structure was built, in which the fam- 
ily afterward lived. The same building is 
now standing, and is used as a wagon-house at 
the present time. William was industrious 
and persevering, and added fifty acres to the 
farm before his death. He had a wife, Pris- 
cilla, who bore him seven children — William, 
Susanna, James, Priscilla, Lemuel, Lydia, and 
Mathias. James Osgood took part in the War 
of 1812. His father, William, fought in the 
Revolution, and was in the battle of Ticon- 
deroga. His death occurred at the age of 
seventy-five years. 

Lemuel Osgood was also a farmer, and in- 
herited the old place, to which he added land 
and improvements. His entire life of ninety- 
three years, with the exception of a few 
months, was spent in Newport. His wife died 



at the age of seventy-five. They were both 
members of the Congregational church. He 
was a Whig and later a Republican. Of his 
three children two are now living. Hannah 
died at the age of fifty. Lucy S. , born in 
i<S23, October 25, lives with her brother on the 
old homestead. 

Orren Osgood inherited the old home, which 
is located upon a beautiful site. Here he has 
followed general farming throughout his active 
period. He has never married ; and he shares 
his home with his sister, Miss Lucy S. Os- 
good. The farm now contains two hundred 
acres of well-improved land. He is a liberal 
in religious belief and a Republican in poli- 
tics. He represented his district in 1S70 and 
I 871, and has held other minor oflfices. 


/sV for many years has been engaged in 
the dressed beef business in Ilenni- 
ker, is a son of Captain Harry and Mary Polly 
(Canijibell) Barnes. The father, a native of 
Ilcnniker, born l'\'bruary 20, 1790, who was 
but four years old when his mother died, lived 
with his uncle, Elisha Barnes, until he 
reached the age of twelve. After a short stay 
with his father, Harry Barnes next went to 
reside with Lzekiel Smith, and remained with 
him until he was eighteen. He then went to 
Dunbarton, N.H., and was for a time em- 
ployed by Dominie Walter Harris, whose first 
name he gave his first son. After his mar- 
riage he bought widow David Campbell's 
third of the Campbell farm, whicii was situ- 
ated on the Hillsborough Road. This prop- 
erty, containing seventy-five acres of land, 
was partially covered with timber, which he 
cleared away; while he carried on general 
farming until 1864, when he retired. The 
farm afterward passed into other hands, and 

was divided into village lots. Captain Harry 
Barnes passed his last days in the village, oc- 
cupying the house which is now owned by 
George Gove; and he died September 18, 
1876, aged eighty -si.x years and seven months. 
He was for some time Captain of the Henni- 
ker Rifles, a company belonging to the State 
militia. P'or forty-five years he was a mem- 
ber of the Congregational church. His wife, 
Mary, whom he married December i, 18 14, 
was born in Henniker, February 21, 1793, 
daughter of Major David Campbell. Their 
married life extended over a period of sixty- 
one years. She became the mother of five 
children — ^ Walter, Sarah Almeda, Livonia 
S., Mary E., and Walter B. Walter was born 
November i, 1816, and died at the age of fif- 
teen. Sarah Almeda is residing in Nashua, 
N.H., and is the widow of Joseph F. Andrews. 
Her late husband, who was a contractor and 
builder, raised a company in Concord, and 
served as a Major in the Civil War. Livonia 
S., who was born December 16, 1S22, mar- 
ried Hiram A. Campbell, of Hennikei, who 
died in January, 1895. Mary ¥.., who was 
born March 22, 1827, married Charles C. 
Gove, a native of Acworth, N. H., and now a 
mechanic and builder in North Palmer, N.Y. 
Mrs. Harry l^arnes died October 11, 1875, 
aged eighty-two years and eight months. 

Walter Brigham Barnes was born February 
19, 1832, in Henniker, and there attended 
school. At the age of twenty-one he com- 
menced to learn the butchering business with 
George W. Rice, for whom he worked four 
years. In 1857 he bought tlie business of iiis 
employer, including the farm where he now 
resides. He survived the business depression 
that preceded the breaking out of the Rebell- 
ion ; and the revival following that event not 
only enabled him to cancel all of his debts, 
but placed him upon a good financial basis. 

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lie cdiiliiuicd in llic wholesale and retail meat 
business, driving; a cart in this sectiun for 
nineteen years, dressing beef and veal for the 
markets of Manchester and Boston, and being 
associated as a partner with his old employer, 
Mr. Rice, for two years. lie was also en- 
gaged in buying cattle for slaughter until the 
trade was monopolized by the large Western 
beef companies. 

On October 13, 1857, Mr. Barnes married 
Eliza J. Tucker, a native of Hennikcr, and a 
daughter of Horace and Mary C. (Dow) 
Tucker. Their daughter, Ida M., was several 
years employed in a store in Kcene, N.H., 
but on account of her mother's failing eye- 
sight returned home. She is interested in 
the breeding of fancy poultry, and has some 
choice siicciniens of red Leghorn and light 
Brahmas. In politics Mr. Barnes is a Demo- 
crat. He has figured quite prominently as a 
party leader in the locality, is frequently a 
delegate to the State and District Conven- 
tions and he re[)resentecl tliis town in the 
legislature in 1876. 

K.BI^RT M. KIMBALL, a skilful, 
ntelligent, and highly successful 
farmer of Hopkinton, was born in 
this town, December 20, 1862, a son of 
Moses T. and Mary F. (Smith) Kimball, and 
a grandson of Nathaniel Kimball. A more 
extended history of his ancestors may be found 
on another page of tiiis volume, in connection 
with the sketch of Oilman B. Kimball, his 

Mr. Kimball has been engaged in agricult- 
ural pursuits from early youth. Since arriv- 
ing at man's estate, he has also, in partner- 
ship with his brother, carried on a large busi- 
ness in lumbering and dairying. He lived on 
the tdd homestead until his marriage, when 

for a time he occupied the old Charles Merrill 
farm. Since selling that he has occupied the 
John Page estate, which the brothers pur- 
chased at a bargain three or more years ago. 
He has a dairy of twenty cows, and runs a 
large milk route; and he keeps two men busily 
employed on the farm. He sells a consider- 
able amount of hay each season, and often 
raises a good deal of corn, his 1896 crop 
amounting to nine hundred bushels. Mr. 
Kimball is a firm Democrat of the Cleveland 
type, and is usually a delegate to the party 
conventions. In 1894 he was elected a Rep- 
resentative to the State legislature for 1895 
and 1S96, defeating the Republican candi- 
date, E. D. French, his election in a Repub- 
lican stronghold showing his great popularity. 
He is interested in the grange, having been a 
member of the State organization, and is a 
member of Union Grange, No. 58, of which 
he was Master two years. 

Mr. Kimball was married October 6, 1886, 
to Miss M. Abbie Colby, daughter of Francis 
W. and Paulina P. (Wheeler) Colby, the 
former of whom was born in Bow, the birth- 
place of Mrs. Kimball, and the latter in Dun- 
barton. Mr. and Mrs. Kimball have two 
children — Edgar Herbert and Grace Paulina. 

AMUEL A. MORRILL, farmer and 
carpenter of Canterbury, Merrimack 
County, was born May 26, 1S27, in 
the house that he now occupies. His parents 
were Nathaniel and Sallie S. (Morrill) Mor- 
rill. His paternal grandfather was Samuel 
Morrill, a farmer of Boscawen, where he al- 
ways lived. Nathaniel Morrill removed from 
Boscawen to Canterbury in 1821, settling 
upon this farm. He died in the winter of 
1836, at the age of forty-seven years, his wife 
surviving him until August, 1861. They had 



seven children. The eldest, a daughter, 
Emily, born March 3, 1821, married Abram 
Fitz. Catherine, the second child, was born 
August 27, 1823, and died at the age of seven- 
teen years. Reuben, the third child, was 
born August 11, 1825, and died in East Con- 
cord, N.H. Lie married Hannah McCoy, 
who now lives in Boston. Samuel A. was 
the fourth child. Charles F., the third son, 
married first Martha M. Roby, second Ann 
Sawyer, and third Ro.xey James. He is a 
farmer and carpenter, and resides with his 
wife in Canterbury. Elizabeth was born 
March 7, 1S31, and died April 24, 1832. 
The youngest child is Elder Enoch Morrill, 
born September 16, 1S33, who is a jeweller 
by trade, and is an Ad\'ent preacher. He re- 
sides in Hampton, N.H. His first wife was 
Angeline Stevens, and his second Augusta 
Mace, of Seabrook, N.H. 

The Morrill children all received a com- 
mon-school education. Samuel A. had the 
additional advantage of two terms in the acad- 
emy at Boscawen, and after finishing his 
studies he taught scliool five winters. He 
was in his tenth year when his father died. 
When he was twenty-one years old he had 
learned the carpenter's trade, and he then took 
the entire charge of the farm. On April 10, 
1851, he married Miss Mary E. Garland, who 
was horn October 23, 1830, daughter of Na- 
thaniel and Abigail Garland, of South Ber- 
wick, Me. Her father was a merthant, a hotel 
man, and a teamster. After marriage Mr. 
Morrill went to Massachusetts, and spent a 
year in Winchester and Lawrence, employed as 
a carpenter. Since that time he has lived on 
the old homestead. He now owns about one 
hundred acres of good farm land, well iiu- 
proved, and does some dairy business, still 
working luore or less at his trade. 

He always takes an active interest in poli- 

tics, voting the Republican ticket ; and, though 
heretofore he has held no office, he is now 
candidate for Supervisor. Mr. and Mrs. 
Morrill are both members of the Congrega- 
tional church, in which they are among the 
most active workers, Mr. Morrill having been 
a member of this church since fifteen years of 
age. They have one adopted child, George 
A., who lives near the farm, and whose son, 
Harry R., now resides with them. 

TT^HARLES W. HARDY, who owns 
I jp one of the most fertile farms in Bos- 

Vfc^__-^ cawen, Merrimack County, was 
born in Warner, N. H., July ig, 1834, son of 
Ozias and Lavinia (Barton) Hardy. His 
grandfather, .Silas Hardy, was a prosperous 
farmer, who resided for a time in Hopkin- 
ton, N.I I., from which town he removed to 

Ozias Hardy was brought up to agriculture, 
which calling he followed through life. He 
owned farms in Warner and Llopkinton, and 
spent his last days in the latter town, dying 
about the year 1850. His wife, Lavinia 
Barton Hardy, who was a native of Stoddard, 
N.H., became the mother of five children: 
.Samuel; Eliza A.; Woodbury; Charles \V., 
the subject of this sketch; and Sanford. 
Samuel married Abbie Ann Putney, who is no 
longer living; and he resides in Hopkinton. 
l*",liza A. died at the age of seventeen years. 
Woodbury married IClIen Price, and lives in 
Hoiikinton. Sanford, who died in 1896, mar- 
ried for his first wife Louise -Sanford. His 
second wife was Nettie 15arr; and she now re- 
sides in Aurora, 111. Mrs. Ozias Hardy died 
in 1 88 1. 

Charles W. Hardy was educated in tlie com- 
mon schools and at the Contoocook Academy. 
When twenty years old he was employed upon 



a riirin in Daiivcrs, Mass., vvliurc he remained 
a year. Tlieii, returniiif; home, he worked 
some time as a farm assistant in and aronnd 
his native town. In icSflo he went to Illinois, 
where ]ie was foreman ii[)on a larj^e farm for 
five years. lie suhseqnently retnrned ICast, 
and al)ont 1S7.: came to Hoscawcn, purchasing 
the farm of one hundred and thirty-five acres 
wliich he now occupies. lie carries on gen- 
eral tarming and dairying, and raises a con- 
siderahle amount of fruit. 

On April -'8, 1.S72, Mr. llaivly was married 
in llopkinton to Miss Mary George, who was 
l)orn in Webster, Merrimack County, N.II., 
June j:;, 1S49, a daughter of William 1). and 
Submit (Swett) George. Her father is a 
native of Candia, N.H., and her mother of 
Webster. They arc prosperous farming peo- 
ple, and reside in Webster. Mr. and Mrs. 
Hardy have become the parents of four chil- 
dren, namely: Alice M., born February 21, 
1873; Albert Sanford, born April 25, 1875; 
Mattie Louise, born April 28, 1876, and who 
is now a teacher; and h'lorence h'tta, born 
October 12, 1878. 

In politics Mr. Hardy is a Repid)lican. He 
takes an active interest in political affairs, 
and has voted at every election but one since 
attaining his majority; and he has ably filled 
some of the jiublic offices. He is connected 
with the Patrons of Husbandry, and he and 
Mrs. Hardy are members of the Congrega- 
tional church. 

rp^EV. JAMES NOYES, Superintend- 
1 1^~^ ent of the New Hampshire Orphans' 
i-^ V ^ ^ ^ Home, in the town of Franklin, 
Merrimack County, is a native of Columbia, 
Coos County, N.H. He was born July 2, 
1835, son of l-'leazcr and .Sophronia (Cass) 
Noyes. His father was a native of Colebrook, 
N.H. ; and lie lived there until he removed to 

a farm in Columbia, where he died in June, 
1S42. He was a ])ionccr farmer of the town. 
His wife was from Lyman, N.II. .She mar- 
I ied for a second husband William A*lc.\anclLT, 
and .after his death married a Mr. Johnson, 
also now deceased. .She dicfi in August, 
1885. The children by her first marriage 
were five in nimiber: Charles, of Concord, 
N.II.; James, above named; John Wesley, 
deceased; Ivlmira, wife of David .Sanborn, of 
North Woodstock, N.H.; I'arker J., of Lan- 
caster, N. H. 

James Noyes received his early education at 
Newbury .Seminary, Vermont. On December 
I, 1 86 1, he enlisted in Company C of the 
h^ighth Vermont Infantry, under Colonel 
Thomas and Captain l-"oster, and did service 
in this company in the Gulf Department until 
transferred from the ICighth Vermont, in 1862, 
to the Second Louisiana National Guards. 
Mr. Noyes was apjiointed Sergeant Major, was 
])roniotcd to position of F'irst Lieutenant, and 
afterward became Captain of Company G, later 
known as the Seventy-fourth U. S. C. I. He 
remained in active service for four years, and 
was honorably discharged in October, 1865. 
Returning to Newbury, Vt., at the close of 
his military career, he there attended the 
seminary for post-graduate work ; and, entering 
the Theological School of the Boston Univer- 
sity in the fall of 1866, he graduated from the 
three years' course in i8fig, and at once joined 
the New Hampshire Conference. He was lo- 
cated at Methuen, Mass., for three years, and 
was afterward stationed as follows, to wit : at 
Suncook, Lancaster, Portsmouth, Amesbury, 
Mass., Milford, N. IL, Winchester, Newport, 
and Franklin F'alls, N.H., leaving the pulpit 
then to take charge of the Orphans' Home at 
Franklin, N.H. 

On February ig, 1859, Mr. Noyes married 
Amy E. Scott, of Newbury, Vt. , a daughter 



of the Rev. Orange Scott and his wife, Mrs. 
Eliza Dearborn Scott. Her father is dead; 
and her mother, now ninety-four years of age, 
resides with the Rev. Mr. Quimby, of Pena- 
cook. Mrs. Amy E. S. Noyes died December 
4, 1875; and Mr. Noyes married in Septem- 
licr, 1^76, Miss Eannie M. Barker, of Derry, 
N. If., daughter of Mr. Benjamin iiarker, de- 
ceased. There are three children by the first 
marriage: Fred S. , a compositor in the em- 
ploy of the Methodist Ikiok Concern, New 
York City; Frank \V. , engaged in the dry- 
goods business in Franklin, Mass. ; and Amy 
v., a student at the Conservatory of Music in 
Boston. The only child by the second mar- 
riage of Mr. Noyes is Clara L. , who is now 
taking a course at the College of Liberal 
Arts, Boston University. 

The New Hampshire Orphans' Home, of 
which Mr. Noyes is the efficient Superintend- 
ent, was founded by the Rev. Daniel A. 
Mack, of Plainfield, Vt., and was established 
and chartered in October, 1871. The institu- 
tion is located in the town of Franklin, in the 
beautiful valley of the Merrimac, eighteen 
miles from Concord. Here was the boyhood 
home of Daniel Webster. He became the 
owner and retained possession while he lived, 
and he made annual pilgrimages to it after he 
had become a leading man in the nation. The 
family mansion still remains as a part of the 
Home, which also includes a building for the 
luu-sery and the farm. The nursery was added 
to the Home in 1894 at an expense of about 
si.xteen thousand dollars, this sum being cov- 
ered by subscription during the year. The 
Orphans' Home is a inivate charity and is non- 
sectarian. More than one hundred homeless 
children have here received education and 
kindly loving care during the year just passed, 
.uul more than seven hundred in all have thus 
ijcen cared for since the Home was established. 

In the school-rooms the common branches and 
kindergarten studies are taken up. The place 
is essentially a great farm home, with as little 
of the "institution " in its management and 
atmo.sphere as is consistent with discipline and 
good order. Mr. Noyes, who began his labors 
October i, 1887, has carried on the good work 
begun by his predecessors -in the most admi- 
rable manner and to the satisfaction of all in- 
terested in the welfare of the little ones in his 
charge. Mrs. Noyes as matron presides, and 
the nine years of their service has been a 
period of great prosperity and usefulness. Mr. 
Noyes is well known throughout the county, 
and is much respected as a man whose life has 
been animated by the most unselfish motives 
in working for others. 

ILLIAM C. HOBART, a retired 
carpenter of North Charlestown, 
Sullivan County, N. H., was born in 
Hebron, N. II. In early life he went to 
Unity, where in 1848 he purchased a farm; 
and he was successfully engaged in farming in 
that town for twenty years. In 1870 he re- 
moved to Charlestown, where he now resides. 
He is a carpenter by trade, and until late 
years has done a great deal of building in 
Charlestown and the vicinity. He holds mem- 
bership in the Claremont and Charlestown 
Masonic Lodge, No. 12. He is also a promi- 
nent member of the Methodist churcli, of 
which he has been steward foi' luany years. 
In 1S53 he marrietl lunily Ilunton, of Unity; 
and they had one child— I'"rank lluiiton 
Ilobart, born in 1S58, who died in in- 
fancy. His wife dying, in 1868 Mr. Ilobart 
married for his second wife Mrs. Sjicncer, 
widow of George P. Spencer, M.D., and 
daughter of Harvey Brigham, of Unity, a rep- 
resentative of one of the oldest and Iiest 



kniiwii families of thai Incalily. Mr. Ilnliait 
has ret i led from active work at his trade, but 
is still regarded as one of the useful and sub- 
stantial citizens of the town. 

/^^TTa)\<.(,K W. Ml'-.Kkll.L, a well- 
\ 3T~ known fainier of London, N.I I., is 
a native of this town, born March 31, 
1.S55, a son of Hcla C. and Sarah (Pickron) 
Merrill. ilis father was a native of (iilman- 
ton, N.ll., and his mother of Harnstead, N. 1 1. 

I'aul Merrill, tlic paternal grandfather of 
Cieorge W. , was a Xcw Hampshire man, and 
settled on a faian in Crilmanton, where he 
li\'cd the greater part of his life. I'ela Mer- 
rill was a farmer in the same town, remaining 
there until about 1854, when he came to Lou- 
don, llcie he resided with his son, the sub- 
ject of this sketch, till his death, which took 
place in November, 1880. Ilis wife passed 
away many years before, about 1859. Their 
family niiinbei eight children, as follows: Ar- 
villa, Ale.xantlor C, Lliza, liela T., Maria, 
Lurana, 1 loll is R., and George \V. The 
first of these, ArvilLi, is the widow of Jona- 
than Ihown, ;ni(l resiiles with her brother, 
tieorgeW., as does also Alexander C. Hela 
T. nlarried Eliza A. Young; and they live in 
I'ittsficld, X.ll. Maria became the wife of 
I'^bcn Hayes, and they reside in Gilmanton. 
Lurana is the widow of Loren Coolidge; and 
hoi- home is in Minneapolis, Minn. Hollis 
R. and b!liza are botIi deceased. The latter 
married Thomas Osborn, who now resides in 
Iowa. The members of this large family 
were all given the benefit of a common and 
high school education. 

George W. Merrill, after the death of his 
mother, which occurred when he was about 
four years old, residetl on his present farm 
with his father. After the hitter's death he 

took charge of the place. He carries on gen- 
eral farming, and also makes a specialty of 
fruit- raising. He now owns one hundred and 
twenty acres, and he has improved the property 
in a marked degree. Mr. Merrill was married 
I'ebruary 25, 1880, to Ancda H. .Smith, fif 
Gilmanton. Mrs. Merrill is a daughter of 
Ldvvin and Jane (ICvans) Smith, both natives 
of Tojisfield, Mass., but who now reside in 
Gilmanton, where Mr. Smith is engaged in 
teaming and farming. His children were 
eleven in number, ten of whom are living. 
Their names are: I'Ldward I'iverctt (deceased), 
Aneda (Mrs. Merrill), Karlville L., William, 
Alice, Horace H., lamest C, Lillian IC. , 
lierta M., Myrta 15., and Daisy M. Mr. 
:in(l Mrs. Merrill have five children — George 
Iv, Jennie I., Clarence C. , Frank L. , and 
Maud C. -all of whom still remain under the 
parental roof. Mr. Merrill is now on the 
Hoard of Selectmen, and holds other minor 
offices. In politics he is a Democrat, and has 
always voted the Democratic ticket. 

niAN N. SPENCER, who is engaged 
in the fish business in Concord, was 
born in the town of Barton, Vt. , Jan- 
uary 22, 1S50, son of John C. and Mary 
(Kuo.n) .S|)encer. John C. Spencer, the father 
of our subject, who was born in Peacham, Vt., 
removed from his native town to Barton, there 
bought a farm, and spent the remainder of his 
life occupied in its cultivation and improve- 
ment. He died when about si.xty years of age. 
His wife, Mary Kno.x, had four children, 
namely: Adele, who died young; Ethan N., 
the subject of this sketch; Nancy, who died 
in infancy; and Wallace, who is a farmer in 
Charlestown, \'t. 

After receiving his education in the district 
schools of Barton, Ethan X. Spencer was for 



seven years employed as an attendant in the 
New Hampshire Insane Asylum, and subse- 
quently for one year with an undertaker. In 
1877 he opened a market for the sale of oys- 
ters and other fish in the same town, and has 
successfully continued it ever since. Well 
regarded by his fellow-citizens, he was elected 
ti) represent Ward Six in the city government 
in the autumn of i8g6. In 1872 he married 
Charlotte A. Perry, a daughter of Dr. Eli 
Perry, of Ryegate. They have two children : 
I'red E., who married the daughter of William 
J. Fernald ; and Margaret Adele. 

Mr. Spencer has always been a Republican 
in his ]5olitics, and he cast his first Presiden- 
tial Ijallot for General U. S. Grant in 1872. 
I"'illing a prominent part in the fraternal or- 
ganizations of Ccmcord, he is a Mason of the 
thirty-second degree, Master of the Blazing 
Star Lodge, F. & A. M., of Concord, and an 
active member of the Order of Odd Fellows. 
lie is a useful and much resiiected citizen. 

^11 1 LIT SARGIiNT, a retired brick 
manufacturer of Allenstown and an 
e.\-niember of the New Hampshire 
legislature, was born in Allenstown, N. H., 
August 16, 1822, son of Sterling and Sally 
(Gault) Sargent. The Sargents are of Eng- 
lish descent, and the origin of the family dates 
far back into the Middle Ages. Its history is 
directly traced, however, through eight genera- 
tions to Richard Sargent, who is supposed to 
have been an officer in the Royal Navy of luig- 
land. His son William came to America, and 
located in Ipswich, Mass., in 1633. From 
Ipswich he went to Newbury, Mass., and 
later to Hampton, N.H. He was a pioneer 
in the two last-named pL'ices, and was one of 
the first in each to receive land grants. He 
finally settled in that part of old Salisbury, 

Mass., which in 166S, as a separate town, 
received the name of Arnesbury. His first 
wife was Judith Perkins, and his second was 
Elizabeth Perkins ; and it is supposed that they 
were sisters. His sons were by his second 
union. William Sargent, Jr., the ne.xt in this 
line, was born in Arnesbury, Mass., January 
2, 1646. On September 23, 1668, he wedded 
Mary Colby, who was born September 19, 
1647, daughter of Anthony Colby. Philip 
Sargent, son of William Sargent, second, was 
born in Amcsbury, August 12, 1672. The 
maiden name of his wife was Mary Tewksbury, 
and she was also a native of Arnesbury. It is 
supposed that several children were born of 
this union, but Jonathan is the only child of 
whom there is any record. Jonathan Sargent 
and his wife Jemima had two sons — Jonathan, 
Jr., and Sterling. 

Sterling Sargent was born in Salisbury, 
Mass., May 25, 1731. When a young man he 
settled in Allenstown, N.H., where he fol- 
lowed agricultural pursuits during the active 
period of his life; and he lived to reach a g(5od 
old age. He was three times married. I5y 
his iniion with Lydia Coffin, his first wife, he 
had five children, his son Philip being the 
youngest. His second wife, Mehitable Davis, 
with whom he was united September 24, 1785, 
was a native of Arnesbury. His third wife, 
Mary Andrews, of Pembroke, N. H., whnm he 
marrieil cm I-'ebruary 11, 178S, died in PY-bru- 
ary, 1820. 

Philip Sargent, first, son of Sterling Sargent 
and grandfather of the subject of this sketch, 
was born in Allenstown, March 21, 1765. He 
was a prosperous farmer and a lifelong resident 
of this town. On September 22, 1793, he 
married Sally Perrin, a native of Pembroke. 
The only child of this union was named Ster- 
ling. Philij) .Sargent, first, died Fcbruaiy 21, 



Slciling Sargent, sccuiul, was Ijmii in Al- 
Icnstuwi), in 1794- He enlisted for service 
in tiie War (il 1.S12, joining Captain Samuel 
(j)llins's coinpan)' in 1X14, and serving 
in Joim Montgomery's brigade, under Gen- 
eral Nathaniel Fiske. He was a good musi- 
cian, and is thought to have been commis- 
sioned a Hrmn IMajor. After his return from 
the army he engaged in the manufacturing of 
brick in Allenstovvn, and followed that busi- 
ness successfully for many years in connection 
with fanning. He was one of the stirring 
business men and [n'ominent citizens of his 
day, and as a stanch supporter of the Demo- 
cratic party he took a leading part in public 
affairs. ]'"or a number of terms he was a 
member of the ]5oard of Selectmen, and he 
represented this district in the legislature for 
eight years. He was well advanced in Ma- 
sonry. Sterling Sargent died at his home in 
Allenstovvn at the age of seventy-four years. 
His wife, Sally Gault, whom he married De- 
cember 29, 1 8 14, was a daughter of Matthew 
Gault, of I [ookset, N.H., who served as a 
soldier in the Revolutionary War. -She be- 
came the mother of eleven children, and of 
these five are living, namely: Philip, the 
subject of this sketch; Mrs. Sally Hartwell ; 
Mrs. W. F. Head; Warren Sargent; and 
Abbie, who is the wife of Nathaniel 15. 
Emery, of Pembroke, N. H., and has two chil- 
dren — Frederick P. and Nathaniel II, Jr. 
Mrs. Sally Gault Sargent died at the age of 
si.Nty-seven years. ]5oth parents were attenil- 
ants of the Methodist Episcopal church. 

Philip Sargent began his education in the 
common schools, and com|)leted his studies 
at Pembroke Gymnasium. He assisted his 
father for a time, later becoming a partner in 
the business and being associated with him for 
a number of years. P'or a time he carried on a 
brick manufactory alone; and later, in jjartner- 

ship with his jjrother Warren, he conducted a 
thriving and profitable Ijusiness for a period 
of thirty years. In 1891 he retired from 
active pursuits, and has since been enjoying a 
well-earned rest. 

On December 31, i<S49, Mr. Sargent was 
united in marriage with Phoebe A. Williams, 
daughter of Charles K. and Abbie (liimery) 
Williams. Mrs. Sargent is the mother of one 
daughter, I-illen F. Politically, Mr. Sargent 
is a Democrat. He has always been active in 
forwarding all measures conducive to public 
improvement, but has never aspired to any of 
the town offices. He was persuaded to accejJt 
the nomination for Representative to the legis- 
lature in iSj.S, and, being elected, served with 
ability for one term. Mr. and Mrs. Sargent 
attend the Methodist Episcopal church. 

I jr'^ station agent at Clarcmont and a brill- 
^fcl£__.^ iant military man, was born here, 
March 14, 1S34, son of Charles F. and Caro- 
line J. (Hubbard) Long. The grandfather, 
Simeon Long, who was the captain of a whal- 
ing vessel, came to Claremont from Nantucket 
about the year 1810. His son, Charles, 
learned the printer's trade in New IJedford, 
but later followed the sea for the benefit of his 
health, employed on a merchant vessel for 
twenty-three years. In 1S43 Charles returned 
to Claremont and took uj) farming. There- 
after he jHospered in every way, taking a 
prominent part in local politics, and marrying 
into one of the leading families of the place. 
His wife, Caroline J., was a daughter of Isaac, 
who was a son of George Hubbard, a Lieu- 
tenant in the war of the Revolution and a 
jjionecr of Claremont. Isaac died in Clare- 
mont in 1S61, leaving four children — Amos 
C, the Rev. Isaac Hubbard, Caroline, and 



Sarah. The old Hubbard estate descended to 
Caroline J. Hubbard Long, who left it to her 
son Isaac. The latter now resides there with 
his sister Charlotte. 

Charles H. Long attended the district 
schools of his native town, and graduated froin 
the Norwich Military University in 1S55. 
He then went home to assist his father on the 
farm. In April, 1861, he enlisted for service 
in the Civil War, and was at first employed 
to drill recruits at Newport, Concord, Dover, 
Portsmouth, and at other places in New Hamp- 
shire. When the Fifth New Hampshire In- 
fantry was raised in the following September, 
he was made Captain of one of the regiment's 
companies; and in the ensuing year he was 
promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of 
the Seventeenth New Hampshire Regiment. 
At the battle of Antietam, September 17, 
1862, he was severely wounded by a minie 
ball; and he resigned November 6. On April 
17, 1863, he was commissioned Captain of 
Company A, First New Hampshire Regiment, 
and was authorized to raise a company of heavy 
artillery to garrison the defences of Ports- 
mouth. During the summer of 1864 a full 
regiment was raised, and he was commis- 
sioned its Colonel. It subsec|uently served in 
tlie defences of Washington. In November 
Colonel Long was appointed to the command 
of the First Brigade, Hardin's division, 
Twenty-second Army Corps, a post which he 
afterwaril held until the close of the war. His 
regiment was mustered out June 15, 1865. 
Colonel Long made a high record during his 
four years of service, and his sujierior officers 
have always a word of praise for his bravery 
and ability. He was in Washington at the 
time of the assassination of President Lincoln. 
Since the organization of the Grand Army of 
the Republic he has been an honored mem- 
ber. He has been Junior Vice-Commander 

and for one year he was Commander of the 
Post. In politics he is a Republican; and he 
was for two terms in the State legislature, 
representing Claremont and serving on the 
Military Committee. He is now Eminent 
Commander of Sullivan Commandery, No. 6, 
K. T., having passed through all the chairs. 
At the opening of the Concord & Claremont 
Railroad, Colonel Long was appointed station 
agent, a position which has since grown to 
be one of much responsibility. He married 
Stella ¥.., a daughter of James Cook. They 
have no children. 

OHN T. TENNEY, an influential 
citizen of Concord, N.H., was born 
January 11, 1843, on the farm where 
he now resides, and is the son of the late 
Thompson Tenney, who was born at the same 

Thompson Tenney followed the trade of 
carpenter for about twenty years. He also 
owned a farm of two hundred and fifty acres, 
and did an extensive farming business for 
thirty-five years, principally in the line of milk 
produce for the Concord trade. The fine set 
of farm buildings now owned by John T. 
Tenney were built by his fathei'. Thompson 
Tenney was one of the Board of Aldermen of 
the city, and was Selectman of his ward. 
His wife was Harriet N. Corliss, daughter of 
John Corliss, of Concord. Three children 
were born to Mr. and Mrs. Thompson Tenney; 
namely, Mary L. , Al}by Augusta, and John T. 
Mary L. is the widow of Charles II. Potter, 
the son of Judge Jacob Potter, of Concord ; and 
she has one child — Hattie May, who is the 
wife of Frank Douglass, of Winthrop, Mass. 
After studying in tlie public schools of 
Concord in his early years, John ']'. Tenney 
attended the academies at Loudon and at Con- 




toocook, also the academy at Hoscawen Plains, 
thus acquiring a good education. He has al- 
ways bei-'n a l;iiiiicr, and has devoted himself 
principally to producing milk, lie keeps 
about twenty cows, and has some fifty acres 
of tillage land. Mr. 'I'enney and his wife, 
Ilaltie I'",. I'hippin 'I'enney, have one son — 
Arthur II., who married Lillian Coon. In 
i<S'92 Mr. and Mrs. Tenney suffered a severe 
allliction in the dealh of their beloved daugh 
ter, (jracie May, at the age of thirteen years. 
Always interested in whatever concerns the 
general welfare of his native city, Mr. Tenney 
has devoted much time and attention to ques- 
tions of municipal i:)rogrcss and reform. He 
has been Selectman of his ward, and has 
served in both branches of the city govern- 
ment, having been Common Councilman rnid 
Alderman. He has always been a steadfast 
Democrat, and he cast his first I'residential 
vote in 1864 for (leneral McClellan. 


CARTl'.R, Treasurer of New Hamp- 
shire, is one of the busiest citizens 
of Concord; for, in addition to the duties of 
his responsible position in the executive de- 
partment (if the .State government, he is ac- 
tively concerned in a number of financial 
enterprises, and holds high office in several 
social organizati(.ins. He was born in Le<im- 
inster, Mass., June 22, 1837. His parents, 
Solon and Lucretia (Joslin) Carter, were 
natives of the town of Leominster. Colonel 
Carter is seventh in descent from Thomas Car- 
ter, who left St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Eng- 
land, for this country in 1635, and was or- 
dained and settled in 1642 as the first min- 
ister in Woburn, Mass. The Colonel's father 
was a farmer of Leominster. 

Solon Augustus Carter attended the iiublic 

schools of Lcoiiiiii.-,icr, graduating in 1855, 
when he was eighteen years old. l-'or four 
years after leaving school, he divided his 
time between farm work and teaching, making 
his home in Leominster. In 1859 he removed 
to Keene, N. II. ; and in September, 1862, he 
was appointed Captain of Company G, l-'our- 
teenth New Hampshire Volunteers. He was 
in command of this company until July, 1863, 
when he was assigned to recruiting duty in 
Concord, N. H., acting as Assistant Adjutant- 
general on the staff of Brigadier-general 
Hincks; and in April, 1S64, he was made 
acting Assistant Adjutant-general of the 
Third DivisiDU, hjghteenth Army Corps 
(colored^. This body of troops was organized 
at Fortress Monroe by General Hincks. In 
July, 1864, Mr. Carter was commissioned 
Assistant Adjutant-general with the rank of 
Captain ; but he continued to serve with the 
colored division from the time of its organiza- 
tion till the close of the war. He was in the 
campaign before Petersburg and Richmond 
during the summer and autumn of 1864, in 
botli expeditions to Fort Fisher, and in the 
campaign from Fort Fisher to Raleigh. 
Receiving his discharge July 7, 1865, he 
returned to Keene, N. II., and was employed 
there as a clerk until June, 1872. In 1S85, 
on the organization of the Union Guarantee 
.Savings l^ank of Concord, he was elected Pres- 
ident. He still holtls that office, and he is a 
Director of the PTrst National Hank of this 
city. Colonel Carter has been a prominent 
figure among the Republicans of this district 
since the close of the war. 

In June, 1872, he was elected State Treas- 
urer; and so efficiently has he discharged his 
duties that he has been retained in office 
twenty-three years, losing but one year since 
1S72, from June, 1S74, to June, 1S75. He 
was nominated by ballot in 1872, and each 



successive iiominatiun has been by acclama- 

He was married December 13, i860, to 
Emily A. Conant, of Leominster, Mass., and 
has two children: Edith Hincks; and Elor- 
ence Gertrude, wife of Edward P. Comins, of 
Concord. As a Grand Army man Colonel 
Carter is a member of E. E. Sturtevant Post, 
No. 3, of Concord, N. H. ; and he is a member 
of the Massachusetts Commandery of the 
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the 
United States. As a Mason he belongs to 
Social Friends Lodge, No. 42, of Keene, 
N.H. ; is Past High Priest of Cheshire 
Royal Arch Chapter; is a member of St. 
John's Council ; is Past Eminent Commander 
of Hugh de Payens Commandery, K. T. , of 
Keene; belongs to lulward A. Raymond 
Consistory, of Nashua; is Past Master of the 
Blue Lodge; Past Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of New Hampshire; and Past Grand 
Commander of the Grand Commandery. He 
is very popular as a society man, and lias a 
multitude of friends. 

RANKLIN J. PIERCE, a successful 
bLisiness man of Claremont in the 
eighties, was born in Chester, Vt. , 
August 5, 1848, the seventh child of Joseph 
Ci. and Ilannah (Hemenway) Pierce. At 
the age of eighteen Mr. Pierce entered busi- 
ness life in Windsor, \'t., in the cajjacity of 
clerk in one of the stores. Afterward, in 
Claremont, he followed in turn the business of 
clothier and that of sh(je dealer. Later for a 
short time, he was a druggist in Lawrence, 
Mass. Ill beyond recovery, he was obliged to 
return home from Lawrence; and he died I'eb- 
ruary 13, 1886. The maiden name of his 
wife was Martha E. Wheeler. She was a 
daughter of Sylvester and Persis 1"^. (King) 

Wheeler, of Claremont. Of his five children 
four died in infancy. The survivor is George 
R. W. Pierce, who was born November 28, 

The first Wheeler of the Claremont family 
was Deacon Moses, who came from New Ips- 
wich, N.H. He was for some years the 
owner of a foundry. He also had land and 
houses, and at one time he was the butcher of 
Claremont. He first married Lydia Parker, of 
Lempster, N. H., and afterward one of the Dex- 
ters of De.xter Hill. The two children of his 
second marriage died in infancy. Those of 
his first wife were: Philena and Lucinda, who 
never married; Martha, who died young; 
Maria, who married Caleb B. Ellis; and Syl- 
vester, who married the daughter of Adolphus 
King, of Newport, N.H. Sylvester Wheeler, 
who is said to have been a typical Yankee, 
began trading at an early age. He kept a 
livery stable at the lower village for many 
years, and was engaged in buying and selling 
throughout the greater part of his life. He 
died in 1890, at the age of seventy-nine. His 
wife survived him until June 21, 1893. They 
had three children, namely: Orange S., who 
died in 1879, at the age of twenty-nine; M. 
Nellie, who, born in i860, died in 1S67; and 
Martha K. , born May 30, 1S54, who was 
educated in Claremont and attended the 
-Stevens High School. Mr. Pierce is .survived 
by his widow and their son, George. In life 
he was much attached to the Congregational 
church, of which he was an esteemed member. 
He was a charitable man and of sound prin- 


liOKCib; OGILVH':, a substantial and 

\ 1^ I well-known agriculturist of the town 

of .Sutton, Merrimack County, was 

born March 21, 1815, on a farm in Newbury, 

N.H., about three miles from his ijresent 



liniiu'. His l';illu:r, (jeorj^t; Ogilvic, first, was 
l)(]ni ill Ma: ill, \'JjCi, in Kiikcaldy, Scotlaiui, 
ami ilii'il in Ncwlniiy, in Scptcmijcr, 1865. 
When aiiDiit sixteen years old, George Oj^ilvie, 
lirsl, entered iii)on a sailor's life, and was sub- 
sei|iiently impressed into the Hritish naval 
service. While stationed at a port in llnl- 
hiiul, he and forty others deserted, and, reach- 
ing an American vessel, were conveyed to 
New I'jigland. He located in Beverly, Mass., 
and for some years continued to follow the sea, 
serving successively as second and first mate. 
During his voyages he visited many foreign 
ports, including several in the Ivist Indies 
and on the Haltic .Sea. The embargo of 1812 
crippled for a time the comniercinl interests of 
New luigland, and he accordingly gave np mari- 
time life. While in Heverl)', he had married 
Joanna Thissell, a daughter of Richard This- 
sell and his wife, whose maiden name was 
Lovett. They having removed to Newbury, 
N.ll., he f(dlowed them, .iccompanied by his 
young wife. iMr. Thissell's first wife died in 
Newbury; and he marricil Sarah Withington, 
and removed to Sutton, where liotli li\'ed to 
an advanced age. One of his sons, William 
Thissell, was the former owner of the farm 
now owned and occupied by George Ogilvie, 
the subject of this sketch. He is the only 
survivor of the parental household, his sister 
Nancy, who was some years older than he, 
having died unmarried in Massachusetts. 

George Ogilvie, second, started in life for 
himself at the age of twenty-one years, going 
to HeiiniUer with but fourdollars in his pocket 
as ills sole cash capital. lie worked as a farm 
hand for si.\ months at tweU'e dollars a month, 
antl sent the money to his parents to assist in 
paying off the mortgage on the farm. His 
first employer recommended him to a widow 
who needed a tru.stworthy and competent man 
to take charge of her land, and he remained in 

her employ two years. He subsequently en- 
gaged in work of various kind.s, continuing to 
look after his parents; and he finally cleared 
off all indebtedness on the homestead, which 
he afterward .sold. l-'or ten years he lived in 
South Newbury, dining a portion of this 
time being engaged in butchering. In 1.S66 
he bought his present farm, which now con- 
tains one hundred acres of valley land; and he 
has since devoted himself to the leading 
branches of agricnltuie. His estate is well 
improved, and under his wise management has 
become one of the finest farms in Sutt-on. 
After coming here Mr. Ogilvie engaged to 
some extent in slaughtering, but has repeat- 
edly declinetl to leave the farm to enter other 
lines of business. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican to the backbone. 

On January 26, 1843, he married Miss Lucy 
Ann Gillingham, a daughter of John and 
I'hebe (Peabody) (iillingham. Her mother 
was a native of Middleton, Ksse.x County, 
Mass. Mrs. Ogilvie was born in Dan vers, 
Mass., in 1818, and died in Sutton, October 
7, 1895, after a happy wedded life of more 
than half a centm-y. Mr. and Mrs. Ogilvie 
had no children of their own, but adopted a 
girl, Rozina E. Ogilvie, when she was a child 
of three years. She received a good educa- 
tion, and since seventeen years of age has been 
engaged in teaching. -She has taught nineteen 
consecutive terms, in the meanwhile residing 
at home. 

>5 1 well-known wholesale grocer and 
provision dealer of Concord, was 
born in Loudon, N.H., February 13, 1847, 
son of Moses W. and Abigail (Tilton) Dick- 
erman, the latter of Ale.xandria, N. H. He 
is of German ancestry on the paternal side, 
and amonn' his ancestors were some of the 


]!I( )c;raphic.\l kkview 

minute-inen of the Revolution. His father 
was for twenty-seven years a master mechanic 
of the Concord Railroad Company. 

George O. Dickerman received his educa- 
tion in the public schools of Concord. At the 
age of seventeen he entered the employ of 
Ward Humphrey & Co., of this city, as book- 
keeper. Two years later he became assistant 
cashier for the Northern l^ailroad Company. 
For two years thereafter he was in a retail 
grocery store in this city. In 1871 he en- 
gaged as travelling salesman with Briggs & 
Shattuck, a prosperous business house in Bos- 
ton, with whom he remained for fifteen years. 
He then, in 18S7, established a wholesale 
grocery and provision store in this city, which 
has become one of the largest houses in that 
line in the State. In politics Mr. Dickerman 
is a stanch Republican. He has officiated as 
Alderman two years, and has also served as 
Commissioner of Cemeteries since that com- 
mission was inaugurated, being also Secretary 
of the Board. 

On September i, 1868, he was united in 
marriage with Mary A. Staniels, of Concord. 
They have two children — Luella A. and Ger- 
trude K. Mr. Dickerman is a Mason, and 
has always taken a deep interest in the Masonic 
order. He has been highly honored by the 
fraternity, having been Master of Eureka 
Lodge, also Conimander of Mount Horeb Com- 
mandery, K. T. ; and he is at present at the 
head of y\cacia Chapter of Rose Croi.v, Ancient 
and Accepted Scottish Rite, being a Mason 
of the thirty-second degree. He is also Presi- 
dent of the Webster Club, a social organiza- 

(<-j|-(XSl':rH BARNARD, third, a promi- 
nent agriculturist, horticulturist, stock- 
grower, and lumberman, of Ilopkinton, 

Merrimack County, N. II., was born Novem- 

ber II, 1S17, on the farm that he now owns 
and occupies, he being the third of the name 
to hold a title to it. His grandfather, Josejjh 
Barnard, the first of the name, so far as 
known, a native of Amesbury, Mass., coming 
to New Hampshire in 1765 or 1766, purchased 
land in the south-east part of Hopkinton. 
The land was bought of the Rev. James 
Scales, the first settled minister in Hojikin- 
ton, it having been granted to him by the 
original proprietors, John Jones and others. 
Grandfather Barnard lost his title to that 
land, as others did of their lands in the vicin- 
ity, by the claims of the "Bow Company," so 
called, and was given in e.Kchange by the pro- 
prietors the land, previously unallotted, on 
which he established his home, and which is 
now occupied by his grandson and namesake, 
as mentioned above. It may be added as a 
part of this historical reminiscence that some 
land in the north-west part of the town of 
Hopkinton, north of the Contoocook River, 
was laid out in lots and sold at auction, to 
pay the expenses of the controversy with the 
Bow Company, the price received from the 
buyers, who were the Whites of Portsmouth, 
being ten cents an acre. 

The Barnards of Hopkinton are probably 
descendants of Thomas Barnard, an early set- 
tler of Salisbury, Mass., who was one of the 
first Selectmen of that part of the old town 
that in 1668 was incorporated as Amesbury. 
Among his chiklren were, it is said, a son 
Thomas, born in 1641, and Nathaniel, born 
in 1643. A Nathaniel Barnard, of Ames- 
buiy, evitlently of a later generation, married 
Ruth I'rench, of Kingston, N. H., and was 
the father of twelve children, including sons 
Joseph, Thomas, and Tristram, and a daugh- 
ter, Mehitable, who married a Currier, and 
lived to be one hundred and three years old. 

Joseph Barnard, first, son of Nathaniel and 



l\utli, was horn in Amcsbury, Mass., Jaiui.iiy 
I J, 17.57. Ill iy(>6 he rcniovcd to Hopkiii- 
tmi, as statcil above, and, cstabl isliint^ a 
home lu'fc, worked as a fanner and sliip- 
eai-penter until iiisdcatli, November 13, 1.S15. 
Ilis lirsl wilC, Rhoda Currier Barnard, whom 
lu' niari'ied in Anu'sbnry, died on April 7, 
1794, leavini;" one tiaui;bter, Ivhoda Currier, 
who married ICzra Morrill, of llopkinton, and 
lived to the \-enerable age of ninety-three 
years. Joseph Barnard, first, married ftn- his 
second wife Mrs. Olive 151ake Male, widow 
of Captain John Hale, an officer in the Revo- 
lutionary War. They had two children, Jo- 
sepli, second, born May 6, 179S; and Sarah 
Ann, born Ajoril 12, i79cS. Sarah Ann Barn- 
ard became the wife of Joshua Fierce, of 
Warner, but s]ienl her last years in Manches- 
ter, N.ll., where her death occurred August 
22, 1869. 

Joseph Barnard, second, lather of the pres- 
ent Joseph, the special subject of this bio- 
j;raphical sketch, was born, lived, and ilied on 
the okl home farm, the date of his death 
being March 15, 1870. He did his full 
share of the jiioneer work begun by his father, 
adding to the improvements already made on 
the original purchase of one hundred and 
fifty. acres, clearing, fencing, and draining a 
large part of it. Mis father was somewhat as- 
sisted by slave labor, as is clearly shown by 
the copy of a deed now in the possession of 
Joseph Barnard, third, it being a bill of sale, 
dated March 29, 1777, given him by Ruth 
Currier, of Kingston, N.H., conveying unto 
him a negro man named .Seeko. Mr. Barnard 
has likewise the indenture of a boy of thirteen 
years old, dated in 1769. This deed of sale 
proves conclusively that slavery once existed 
in the old Granite State, although the con- 
trary has been persistently asserted by some 
high in authority. Joseph Barnard, second, 

was a man of far ni'ue Inan ordinary iiusnicss 
ability. He invested largely in realty, anri 
at his death owned several thousand acres in 
various townships, mostly timbered land, val- 
ued at seventy-five thousand dollars, one tract 
alone in Boscawen being appraised at fifty- 
two thousand (hdlars, while his entire estate 
amounted to about eighty thousand dollars. 
Naturally progressive, being quick to perceive 
the merits of anything new, he was the first 
to introduce Merino sheep and also Saxony 
sheej) into the town ; and in 1838 he received 
the first prize for the finest e.vhibit of wool in 
New \'ork. 

In June, 1S16, Joseph Barnard, seconti, 
married Miriam J. Eastman, who was born on 
Horse Hill, Concord, N. H., December 6, 
1799, a daughter of William liastman, a 
Revolutionary soldier. They reared the fol- 
lowing children: Joseph, third, whose name 
appears at the head of this sketch; Sally 
Ann, born April 3, 1819, who is now the 
willow of Daniel 1'. Dustin, late of Contoo- 
cook; Mary Jane, born August 29, i82[, now 
the wife of Charles N. Tutlle, of Contoocook ; 
William Iv, born May 27, 1S23, who died at 
Edgcrton, Ohio, April 2, 1884; and Rhoda 
Currier, born l-'ebruary 19, 1827, who mar- 
ried Ur. liphraim Wilson, and died August 
4, 1852. Mrs. Miriam J. Eastman Barnard 
died September 17, 1869. 

Joseph Barnard, third, remained with his 
parents until twenty-two years old, the last 
]iart of the time receiving ten dollars a month 
for his work on the farm; and while still in 
his minority he served four years as Ouarter- 
master in the old Fortieth New Hampshire 
Regiment. After leaving home he spent two 
years as clerk in a store at Contoocook, and 
then went to Lowell, Mass., where he learned 
the stone-cutter's trade, working at first for 
one dollar and a half per day, and boarding 



himself, but in a year receiving full wayes. 
He was subsequently taken ill with the 
"Tyler Gri[)," an influenza similar to "La 
Grippe," with which so many of us are fa- 
miliar. President Tyler, it will be remem- 
bered, made a tour of the Lowell mills and 
factories, interesting himself in the industries 
of the city; and- on the second day of his stay, 
after large parades of civil and military com- 
panies, and ten thousand patriot girls dressed 
in white, he made an excellent speech of two 
hours' duration, in which he acknowledged 
the benefits of the tariff. In the following 
session of Congress, it may be added, he 
signed the tariff bill. The epidemic which 
broke out two weeks after his visit in Lowell 
was given his name. 

While recuperating, Mr. Barnard returned 
to his boyhood home: and when there he pur- 
chased from his father a tract of timber land 
for eight hundred dollars, buying it, however, 
in opposition to his father's advice. Estab- 
lishing himself then in the lumber business, 
he carried it on for thirty-five years, meeting 
with good success from the start. He sup- 
jilied timber of all kinds for use in ship-build- 
ing, his operations e.vtending over several 
townships, in which he erected or hired mills, 
employing at different times forty men. The 
tallest mast timber in the State is found in 
the valleys of the Contoocook, Blackwater. 
and Warner Rivers, the regions in which he 
carried on his lumbering. During the late 
Rebellion he furnished much of the timber for 
naval supplies, and all the large timbers of 
"Ironsides," and most of the material for the 
"Kearsarge," which has recently been de- 
stroyed. In the Granite' Montldy of May, 
1893, is an article written by Mr. Barnard 
concerning the "Timbers of the Kearsarge," 
in which it is stated that Mr. Barnard and the 
Hon. J. II. Butler, of Nottingham, were asso- 

ciated in 1S60 in Ne\vbur)[)ort, Mass., in 
handling oak timber for ship-building, and in 
1 86 1 were called upon to furnish timber for 
gunboats, said timber to be of first quality. 
White oak is in its best state when from 
eighty-five to one hundred years old; and this 
they found in large quantities on a hill near 
Tyler .Station in Hopkinton, N. H., and soon 
had a large force of men at work getting out 
white oak and yellow pine, sending to the 
Portsmouth Nav}^ Yard a large part of the 
white oak of seven hundred and fifty thousand 
feet of timber for the building of the famous 
boat that received its name from the Kear- 
sarge Mountain, which stands in plain view of 
the spot whereon its timbers were hewed. 

Mr. Barnard resided in Contoocook twenty- 
five years of this time, and while there built 
in 1849 the Contoocook Valley Railway, ex- 
tending from Contoocook to Hillsborough, 
fourteen and one-half miles, he being superin- 
tendent of construction, and furnishing much 
of the timber used. For 'several years he was 
officially connected with the road. He has 
also been Fire Claim Adjuster of the Concord 
Division of the Boston & Maine Railway for 
some years, an office that takes him quite 
often over the two hundred miles under his 
charge. Four years after the death of his 
father Mr. Barnard removed to the parental 
homestead, which he inherited; and he has 
since devoted much of his time to farming 
pursuits. He settled this estate, and has 
also settled many others in Merrimack County, 
usually by request, sometimes on commissions 
to appraise for ta.\ purposes; and he is often 
called upon to estimate the timber on large 
tracts of land. For several years Mr. Barnard 
had charge of the water-power at Contoocook; 
and in 1870 and 1871 he represented that 
town in the State legislature, where he was 
one of the Committee on Towns and Parishes, 



aiul worked for the establishment of a State 
Reform School. He was a member of the 
New Hampshire State Constitutional Conven- 
tinii in 1.S.S9. At tlie time of the war for the 
Union he was the enrolling officer in the 
Twentieth District, and the mainstay of the 
widows and fatherless, who trusted him im- 
plicilly, and whose confidence was not mis- 

As a stock-raiser and daii)nian Mr. 15arnard 
breeds the Guernsey cattle, which he exhibits 
at the various fairs in this section of the 
State, invariably securing prizes, both on 
cattle and dairy products. It was largely 
throa,L',h the exhibitions of stock that he has 
made that the Deerfoot Creamery was locatetl 
at Contoocook, and his herd of Guernsey has 
stocked many of the large New England dairy 
farms. In the culture of fruit of all kinds he 
takes great interest; and at a horticultural 
fair in Concord, when over a hundred ex- 
hibits were entered, he took thirteen prizes 
and sweepstakes for the finest fruits. He is 
a member of various agricultural and horticult- 
uial societies and a contributor to many of the 
journals. In pcditics he was in caidy manhood 
a Democrat, and voted for Franklin Pierce for 
President, but since that time has supported 
the principles of the Republican party. 

On October 26, 1849, ^^^- Barnard married 
Maria Gcrrish, who was born April 15, 183 i, 
a daughter of Abiel and liliza (Dodge) Ger- 
rish. Her father was born on tlie present 
site of the county farm in Boscawen, and her 
mother in that part of Merrimack County now 
inchuled in the town of Webster. Mr. and 
Mrs. Rarnard are the parents of eight chil- 
dren, the following being their recoril : Ellen 
Maria, born March i, 1851, died January 6, 
1886; Jo.seph Henry, born October 12, 1852, 
died July 9, 1855; Abiel Gcrrish, born Janu- 
ary 8, 1S55, was a lawyer in California; Jo- 

seph B., born March 17, 1S57, died October 
23, 1863; Mary Eliza, born January 11, 1859, 
is the wife of Jonathan I'"owier, of South 
Sioux City, Neb. ; George Edgar, born No- 
vember I, 1864, married Miss Bertha S. 
Tyler, of Hopkinton, and now carries on the 
home farm; Rhoda Frances was born June 28, 
1867; and Charles Lewis, born March 28, 
1870, died December 29, 1S95. 

/^STeORGE E. HILLIARD, a well-known 
V ^ I gun manufacturer and a leading citi- 
zen of Cornish, is a native of Clarc- 
mont, where he was born August 26, 1838. 
He is descended from the Rev. Avery Bill- 
iard, a Unitarian clergyman, who, coming to 
this country from England with his brother, 
resided for a time in Sutton, Mass., and after- 
ward settled in Cornish, being the first of the 
name in the town. The Rev. Mr. Hilliard 
was twice married, and had in all ten chil- 
dren. His son Benjamin was grandfather of 
George E. Hilliard. Benjamin, who was 
born in Sutton, came to Cornish with his 
parents, learned the carpenter's trade, and 
worked at it throughout his life. Although 
never neglecting to take part in town affairs 
or to cast his vote, he was not an aspirant for 
political honor.s, and never held office. His 
wife, christened Roxana Hall, was a daughter 
of Dr. I. Hall. Their children were: David 
H., Frank, Gilbert, Catherine, Harriet, 
Esther, Eliza, and Caroline. Frank, now de- 
ceased, was a carriage-builder of Nicholville, 
N.Y. He was twice married, and had six 
children. Gilbert, who was a machinist, en- 
listed for service in the Civil War, and was 
killed in 1863 at New Orleans. Catherine, 
deceased, was the wife of Lyman Bartlett, and 
the mother of five children. Harriet, also de- 
ceased, married Job Williams, of Plainfield, 



and had three children, all of whom are liv- 
ing. Esther was Mrs. James Hudson, of 
Lynn, and the mother of four children. The 
mother and three of the children have since 
passed away. Eliza married John Hudson, of 
Lynn, and had two children: John P., now 
President of the Bell Telephone Company; 
and Elizabeth, the wife of Samuel J. Hollis, 
one of the largest shoe manufacturers of Lynn. 
Caroline Hilliard married Horace Demming, 
a well-known farmer of Cornish; and she has 
three children living. 

David II. Hilliard, the eldest son of his 
father, was born in Cornish, December 3, 
1806. After finishing his course of study in 
the town schools, he learned cabinet-making, 
and worked at that trade for five or si.x years. 
Then he went into the employ of Thomas 
Woolson, of Claremont, building stove 
patterns, the castings from which were made 
in Tyson, Vt. It is claimed that he got out 
the pattern for the first cook stove that was 
ever made in this country. He was the in- 
ventor of the Yankee Cook Stove, the first 
stove having an elevated oven. In 1848 he 
began the manufacture of guns; and subse- 
quently he made the Hilliard gun, which is 
known all over the United States. He con- 
tinued in this business up to the time of his 
death in 1877. During the war he was au- 
thori/.ed by the town to pay the soldiers. He 
was Justice of the Peace for twenty-five years, 
and for many years he was a member of the 
State Democratic Committee. He was always 
very active in town affairs, and might always 
be counted upon to take a zealous part in the 
discussion of any measures that came up be- 
fore the town meeting. Very determined 
and a man of intense energy, when once he 
had made up his mind to follow a certain 
course of action nothing could prevent his 
fc^lhnvinii it to the end. Lor llie last fifteen 

years of his life he was engaged to some ex- 
tent in civil engineering. In 1835 he married 
Sarah A. Smith, of Claremont; and she be- 
came the mother of Charles N. and George E. 
Hilliard. Charles N., who was born in 
Claremont, June 5, 1836, and was educated 
in the Cornish schools, began business life in 
his father's shop, learning the gunsmith's 
trade. He worked with his father for five or 
six years, and then went to Ilion, N.Y. , to 
work for the Remington Arms Company, 
where he is still employed as foreman of one 
of the departments. He successively married 
Sarah Weld and Belle Sherborn, both of Cor- 
nish. There were three children by the first 
marriage and four by the second. 

After leaving school George E. Hilliard 
went to work on the Vermont Central Rail- 
road in the ca]iacity of locomotive engineer, 
and continued in that business for seven 
years, during which he was employed at differ- 
ent times on all the branches of the road. 
Subsecjuently he w-ent into the gun business 
with his father. Since the death of the latter 
he has carried on the business alone. Mr. 
Hilliard has been Constable for fifteen years. 
District Clerk for two years, and Justice of 
the Peace and Notary Public for fifteen years. 
He has also been clerk of the School Hoard 
for two years and the Postmaster for about 
twenty years. He is a Royal Arch Mason, 
and has been Master of the Blue Lodge. He 
is greatly interested in taxidermy, and has a 
very large and valuable collection of birds, 
stuffed and mounted by himself. lie is an 
authority on the ornithology of this region. 
His whole-souled, genial manner, amiable 
hospitality, and ever-read)' wit have made for 
him a host of friends. Willi (|uick sympathy, 
he is always reaily to heli) a friend in a hard 
place or to lighten the burdens of the unfort- 
unate in general. 



Mr. Ililliard married Ella M., daii<fhtcr of 
Iliram D. Hartlctt, of Cornish. They have 
one eluld, Imiiiiki L. , horn July i8, 1866. 
She is now the wife of C. W. Dij^gins, of 
Cleveland, Ohio, foreman of the Tribune Bi- 
cyele Works of Erie, I'a., and she has a 
daughter, Ethel J',., born l''ebruary 24, 1897. 
Before her marriage Mrs. Diggins taught 
sehool for some time. Possessed of remark- 
able tact in dealing with children, she 
sinodthly managed the most obdurate urchins, 
and was one of the most popular teachers in 
this section of the country. She is a fine 
musician, and for some time she also taught 

|YRUS MARDEN, a prosperous farmer 
of I'^psom, was born in this town, May 
16, 1850, son of David and Ann 
(IJickford) Marden. The grandfather, Will- 
iam Marden, who was a native of Portsmouth, 
came to Epsom about the year 1790. lie fol- 
lowed the carpenter's trade in connection with 
farming during the active period of his life, 
and died at the age of ninety-two years. (_)f 
his nine children two were born before he 
came to Epsom. 

David Marden, born in Epsom, and the 
youngest son of William, in cail}' life assisted 
upon the home farm. P'ollowing the example 
of his father, he made carpentry and farming 
his chief occupation. He was a hard-working 
man, very seldom going from home; and, al- 
though the cars ran within a half-mile of his 
house, he never rode upon them. In politics 
he sui)poried the Democratic party. He died 
at the age of seventy-five. His wife, Anna 
Bickford, was born in Epsom, daughter of 
Sam I'iickford, who was the father of seventeen 
cliiKlrcn. She became the mother of eleven 
children, of whom Carrie, Noyes, Erecman, 
Moses, and Cyrus are living. Carrie married 

James M. (jordun, ui Cohldiii, .\.il., luio lias 
four children — I'lora B. , Hattie S. , Leon S., 
and luia E. ; Noyes Marden married lijia 
Merrill, of Concord. I'reeman Marden mar- 
ried Lavinia Bickford, of I'4'jsom, and has 
three children — Etta M., Lillie M., and 
Nellie R. Moses Marden married Carrie 
Rundy, now deceased, and became the father 
of five children — Melvin S., Mabcll N., Mil- 
ton W., Adellc, and Harvey. Harvey Marden 
enlisted as a private in Company A, Seventh 
New Hampshire Regiment, fought in the 
Civil War for nearly four years, and died 
while in service. Mrs. David Marden lived 
to the age of seventy-four years. 

Cyrus Marden was reared and educated in 
his native town, growing to manhood upon the 
farm where he now resides. He succeeded to 
the property, and has since carried on general 
farming with success. The first of his two 
marriages was contracted September 16, 1880, 
with Angle M. Marden, a daughter of Nathan 
G. Marden, of Epsom. She had four children 
— Walter L., Ada F., Lena A., and Ethel 
A. The second marriage, performed in Janu- 
ary, 1 891, united Mr. Marden to Laura J. 
Marden, his first wife's sister. By this union 
there is one son, Gerald L. In politics Mr. 
Marden is a Republican. Although he takes 
no active part in public affairs, he is always 
ready to aid in forwarding any measure calcu- 
lated to be beneficial to the community. He 
is a Deacon of the Free Will Baptist church, 
and Mrs. Marden is a member of the Congre- 
eational church. 

■s^OIlN H. COLLINS, a respected farmer 
of Bradford, was born on Bible Hill 
in the town of Warner, N. IL, May 9, 
1815, son of luios and lilizabeth (Walker) 
Collins, and grandson of Jacob Collins, whose 



father was among the first settlers of South- 
ampton, Mass. The father, who was born and 
reared in Southampton, from there in early 
manhood came to Warner, and in 1803 took 
up land on Bible Hill, near the town line of 
Bradford, not far from Melvin's Mills. He 
cleared a portion of the land, built a house, 
and was engaged in tilling the soil until his 
death, which occurred at the age of seventy- 
two years. After settling in Warner, he mar- 
ried Elizabeth Walker, who survived him 
until she had reached the advanced age of 
eighty -seven. This worthy couple were the 
owners of the first clock and the first cook 
stove used in that vicinity, and were the first 
of the residents to subscribe for a newspaper. 
Eight daughters and three sons were born to 
them. The eldest son, Moses, was a mechanic 
and farmer. The ne.Kt, Enos, was born in 
iSoo, and died at the age of seventy-seven. 
He was a self-educated man beyond such 
early advantages as were afforded by the com- 
mon schools, and he became one of the most 
noted teachers of his time. Notwitlistanding 
the fact that he hail never received instruction 
in algebra, he could readil}' solve both 
algebraic and arithmetical problems that 
puzzled expert mathematicians. He held 
various town offices, filling each place with 
marked al)ility. 

John H. Collins, the youngest and only sur- 
viving son, married on December 21, 1841, 
Ivsther I'ierce Marshall, daughter of Nathan 
R. and Abigail (Hawks) Marshall, and giand- 
daugiiter of Richard Marshall, who was a Rev- 
olutionary soldier, having enlisted in 1775. 
They resided on the old Collins homestead 
until 1S68, when they came to their present 
farm in Bradford, this being the ancestral 
home of his wife, named by her father "Pleas- 
ant V'alley I'"arm."' This farm originally con- 
taineil sixty acres. Mr. Collins has since en- 

larged it by the addition of other land, so that 
now it is quite an extensive place. Here he 
carries on general farming and dairying. He 
had three daughters, one of whom died in in- 
fancy. The eldest, Abbie Elizabeth, marrietl 
James H. Blaisdell, and died fourteen years 
later. She left a son, George A., who is 
married, and has two children. Mr. Collins's 
surviving daughter, and the youngest of the 
three, Helen Frances, who was for some time 
a successful teacher in our public schools, 
married P~rank T. Carr, and resides in Brad- 

Nathan R. Marshall, the father of Mrs. 
Collins, was born in Hudson N.H., in 1792. 
He removed to Biljle Hill when a boy of four- 
teen, and six yenrs later married Abigail 
Hawks, daughter of Earrington and Sarah 
Knowlton Hawks. He was a man of educa- 
tion and an especially good accountant, as 
shown by his old account books, kept in a ]ieat, 
clear hand. He held town ofiRces at different 
jieriods, being a most intelligent and valued 
official. He and his wife reared ten children, 
three sons and seven daughters. Two of 
these died in infancy. Joshua P. Marshall, 
the eldest son, a man of good mental attain- 
ments, for more than forty years was a manu- 
facturers' agent for the sale of glassware. 
He always kept his residence in Bradford, 
but spent his winters during his later years in 
P"lorida, where he had large interests in orange 
groves. He died there in 1893, aged seventy- 
six years. Joseph Addison, another son of 
Nathan R. Marshall, was a farmer in his 
earlier life. Later he became the jiroprietor 
of a market in Boston, and subsequent 1\', in 
company with his brnther Joshua, established 
himself as a dealer in glassware. They were 
burned out in the big fire of 1872, but re- 
sumed business after a time, and cmilinued in 
it until Joseph's health failed. llis Ikiuic 



was in Boston, and he died at the age of fifty- 
nine. I"arrin,L;ton II. Marshall resides in 
Boston. lie and Mrs. Collins are the only 
surviving; members of the family. 

The Collins family are cjuite nimicrous, and 
liohl fre(|iient reunions in Amesbuiy, Mass. 

IClIll.L DUSTIN, late a prosper- 
ous farmer of Claremont, Sullivan 

County, N.Il., his native town, 

where he spent the greater part of his life, 
was born here, December 1 cS, i<S20, and died 
at his homestead about twelve years since, on 
Januarv 27, iSS'5. The Dust ins are of old 
Colonial stock, and have been one of the fore- 
most families of Claremont from the earliest 
history of the town. December 3, 1677, 
ThniiKis Dustin, the great -great-grandfather of 
Mighill Dustin, married Hannah, daughter of 
Mighill and Hannah (Webster) luiierson, of 
Haverhill, Mass. Mrs. Dustin's father set- 
tled in 1 lavcrliill in ir)5r). 

The well-known story ol Hannah Dustin's 
ca|)tni'e \iv the Indians, and ol her escape, is 
given as follows in the History of Clare- 
numt : — 

During an incursion made by Indians upon 
Haverhill, Mass., on the 15111 of March, 1697, 
a party attacked the house of Thomas Dustin, 
captured Mrs. Dustin, in bed with an infant 
seven days old, and her nurse Mary Xcff, 
dashed out the brains of the infant against a 
tree, and set fire to the house. The captives 
were marched througli the wilderness to the 
home of the Indians on a small islanil at the 
junction of the Contoocook River with the 
Merrimac, near where the village of Pena- 
cook now is. In the night, when the Indians 
were asleep, the two captive women, and a 
boy who iiLuI been captured at Worcester, 
Mass., some time before, killed ten of the 

Indians by striking tiieni ii|)oii tlie head, and 
the three captives escaped, and returned to 
Haverhill. On the 21st of the following 
April the three went to Boston, carrying witli 
them the scalps of the Indians and other evi- 
dences of the exploit, and received as a reward 
from the General Court fifty pounds, and from 
others many valuable presents. Mr. Dustin's 
heroic defence of his seven older children is 
equally deserving of mention. A monument 
has since been erected to the memory of Han- 
nah Dustin. 

Timothy, son of Thomas and Hannah iJus- 
tin, was born in Haverhill, Mass., Sciitember 
14, 1694, and died in 1775. He had a son, 
l''liphalet, and two others, Thomas and Timo- 
thy, Jr., who were twins, born in 1745. They 
came to Claremont about 1771, and settled on 
a tract of land on the south side of Sugar 
River, where they carried on brick-making for 
many years, being the first to follow this in- 
dustry in Claremont. Titnothy, Jr., who was 
an energetic, enterprising, and pul)lic-spirited 
man, was much interested in cluirch matters, 
and gave to Union Church a silver service for 
communion. He married August 7, 1773, 
Eunice Nutting, and by her had nine children. 
Timothy Dustin, Jr., his wife, Eunice, and 
one daughter died within twenty days in the 
spring of 1813 of spotted fever. Their chil- 
dren were: William, David, Moody, Mighill, 
Timothy, Abel, Oliver, Polly, and ICunice. 

Moody Du.stin, the father of Mighill 
named at the beginning of this sketch, was 
born in Claremont, November 19, 1780. He 
bought a farm on Green Mountain, where he 
lived imtil 1834, when he removed to the farm 
afterward owned by his son. He was an ac- 
tive member of the Congregational church, 
was a prosperous man for those times, and was 
public-spirited and prominent. He died Au- 
gust 29, i860, his wife, Lucy Cowles, whom 



he married April 8, 1807, surviving him until 
May 29, 1865. They had nine children, 
Mighill being one of the younger. The others 
may be briefly mentioned as follows: Sarah 
married William Haven, of Newport. Elvira 
married Timothy Rossiter. William married 
Sarah Bentley. Mary married Jonathan 
Wood. Both of these went to Illinois. Lu- 
cinda married Charles N. Goss. Timothy 
never married. Eveline married George 
Worthcn, of Lebanon. Emeline, her twin 
sister, married Richard Howe, of Lebanon. 

Mighill Dustin, when a young man, taught 
school for a short time in Illinois. After that 
he returned to his father's farm in Claremont, 
and became a substantial farmer. He dealt 
largely in Cotswold sheep, which he was the 
first in the vicinity to raise. He was a well- 
informed man, of remarkable balance and ex- 
cellent judgment, and was very active in the 
Congregational church. He did not care for 
society in the general acceptance of that term, 
but was very social in his nature. He was 
averse to holding public office, though he was 
often urged to accept positions in the gift of 
the town. His wife, Mary, daughter of Jona- 
than Whitcomb, of Claremont, was born Janu- 
ary 7, 1S31, and died July 25, 1891. They 
had one child, a daughter named Mary Ella, 
who married l'\'bruary 5, i8go, Charles Keith, 
of Palmer, Mass., son of Charles, Sr., and Mary 
(Olils) Keith. Mr. Keith, the younger, came 
to Claremont in 1S86, and now carries on the 
old homestead farm of the Dustins. Mr. and 
Mrs. Keith have three children — Mary 
Helen, Charles Dustin, and Frank Leonard. 

il.\RL]-:S CHASP: lord, justice 
r of the Peace, Notary Public, and the 

If ■ Icical histurian of Hopkinton, is the 

second child and first son of Charles and 

Sarah (Hubbard) Lord. liorn in .South Ber- 
wick, Me., July 7, 1S41, he is a lineal de- 
scendant, in the seventh generation, of Nathan 
Lord, who emigrated to America from Stack- 
pole Court, Pembroke, Wales, and settled in 
ancient Kittery, Me., before 1652. In South 
Berwick, once a part of ancient Kittery, is a 
homestead of which Nathan Lord became a 
proprietor in 1676, and which is now in the 
possession of his descendants, the estate being 
situated in a district called "Old Fields." 

Sarah Hubbard, who became the mother of 
Charles Chase Lord, was born in Hopkinton, 
N. H., daughter of John and Ruth (Chase) 
Hubbard. On her mother's side she de- 
scended from the famous Chase family that 
has figured so prominently in both linglish 
and American history. 

In 1845 Charles Chase Lord, scarcely four 
years of age, awoke to recollection and found 
his home in New Market, N.IL, where his 
father, a machinist, was eventually engaged 
as a contractor and builder of cotton machines 
for the late .Samuel Brooks. This precocious 
little fellow was then able to read all those 
forms of composition usually put into the 
hands of young children, he having no memory 
of the time when the process of learning to 
read began. In 1846, in consequence of im- 
jierfect health, his father sought partial occu- 
pation upon the soil, and moved his family to 
a farm in Hopkinton, living there the most of 
the time afterward until his death in 1884. 
Chai'les Chase Lord enjoyed the ailvantages 
of the common school, and also received 
instruction for several terms in a private 
academy. At one time he made up his mind 
to enter the medic;il profession; but, like his 
father, a constant sufferer frcjni physical infirm- 
ities, such a course for him was simply im- 
possible. Largely by the advice of personal 
friends, he was induced to try the Christian 



ministry. 'I'iic effort was iin[)U(lc(l hy ill 
hcaltii, and lie became convinced tiiat he iiad 
mistai<en liis calling. Having spent a few 
years in New \'()ik, Massachusetts, and Mich- 
igan, ]\Ir. I.iird returned to llo[)kinton in 
1871. With some journalistic experience 
accpiired as editor <>( a ruial weekly news- 
jKipcr in the -State of New York, he began sup- 
porting himself in part by furnishing news and 
articles for various local and other publica- 
tions. .Siil)sc(|nciitly he became a school 
officer, in which capacity he has served thir- 
teen years. Being of a judicial turn of mind, 
and by the advice of friends, he secured com- 
missions as Justice of the I'cace and Notary 
I'ublic, and has re|ieatedly in his own town and 
elsewhere presided at justice trials, besides 
acting as a general adviser of his neighbors 
and townsmen on a variety of -legal subjects. 

Mr. ]. Old's literary tastes ])rompted him to 
compile "Life and 'I'imes in Ilopkinton, 
N. II.," a volimie containing nearly six hun- 
dred pages of local history, biography, and 
statistics, [)ublished by the town in i8go. lie 
has also written and published a series of 
thiee local sketches, "Maiy Woodwell," 
" riie Lookout," and "Abraham Kimball," 
each containing a chapter of early romantic 
history told in blank \erse, interspersed with 
original articles in rh)'me. At the recpiest of 
friends in Concord, N.IL, Mr. Lord wrote and 
published "Poems of Penacook, " which con- 
tain many items of the early history and tiadi- 
tions of New Hampshire. Resides many 
metrical effiisions in various periodicals, lie is 
represented in "The Poets of New Ham|)- 
shire" and the "Poets of Maine," vidumes 
recently published. In 1873 and for the two 
or three ensuing years he was employed in the 
State teachers' institutes, both as a reporter 
and as a lecturer, his special themes of in- 
struction being anatomy, physiology, and hy- 

giene, as applicable to the uses of parents and 

In 1880 Mr. Lord was the United States 
enumerator of the census for the district of 
Ilopkinton. Of late years, being specially 
interested and practically skilled in the art of 
research, he has done considerable work in 
making historical investigations for people and 
persons from different places. He was the 
projector of the organization of the Sons and 
Daughters of Nathan Lord, which has held 
two reunions in .South Berwick, Me., and of 
which he is the corresponding secretary, as 
well as the chairman of its historical commit- 
tee. Mr. Lord has never married. 


enterprising provision dealer of Plain- 
field, was born in this town, April 
24, 1850, son of lirastus and P'anny (Nash) 
Lewin. Among several of the members of the 
family who have achieved distinction in busi- 
ness and professional pursuits may be men- 
tioned Judge Lewin, an eminent jurist and a 
wealthy resident of Hartford, Conn. The 
father of I'lrastus, Cranston Lewin, who was 
born May 6, 1777, came from Hartford, Conn., 
to Plainfield when a young man, and was en- 
gaged in farming and butchering for the rest of 
his active jjeriod. He married Esther P'uller, 
who was born in Plainfield, June 23, 1787. 
They had four chiklren — Louisiana, Erastus, 
Cranston, and Benjamin. Louisiana died 
when quite young. Cranston became a con- 
tractor and builder in the West, and died 
unmarrieil while still a young man. Benja- 
min, who was a butcher and provision dealer 
in Hartford, Conn., for a number of years, 
spent his last da3"s in Plainfield. His second 
wife was Lucy Walker, of this town, who bore 
him six children. 



Erastus Lewin was born in Plainfield, June 
17, 1817. In early life he engaged in farm- 
ing, and also operated a saw-mill for some 
time. He disposed of the mill to enter the 
butchering business, which he carried on with 
success for thirty years; and his last days were 
passed in retirement upon his farm. He 
served in some of the town offices, but re- 
frained from accepting important positions in 
public affairs, as the demands of his business 
would not permit it. He was a general favor- 
ite in the community on account of his genial 
disposition, and he was widely known through- 
out this section. Erastus Lewin died May 12, 
1893. He was three times married. His 
children by his first wife, Fanny Nash Lewin, 
were: Chailes H., born January 31, 1844; 
Laura, born September 21, 1845; Curtis F., 
the subject of this sketch; Emily, born May 
9, 1S51 ; Hattie, born December 8, 1853; and 
Byron, born March 24, 1856. Charles H. en- 
listed in the Nineteenth Regiment, Massachu- 
setts Volunteers, and died in Andersonville 
Prison. Laura, who did not marry, remained 
at home until her death, which occurred De- 
cember 19, 1892. Emily married I'klwin 
Hall, a carriage painter of Cornish, N. H., 
and died March 13, 1893. Hattie became the 
wife of Aden 15artholomcw, a shoe-cutter of 
Plainfield, and died March 10, 1893, leaving 
three children. liyron, who is now in the 
butchering business in Hanover, N. II., mar- 
ried Katie Reed, and has three children. The 
second wife of I'>astns Lewin, .Susan Walker 
Lewin, bore him five childien, as follows: 
Anna, who died at the age of thirteen years ; 
Benjamin, a meat dealer in Manchester, who 
married Hattie Blood, and lias two children; 
Katie and Norman, both of whom died in in- 
fancy; and Palmer, who married Nellie West- 
gate, of Plainfield, has si.v children, and is in 
the meat business in Manchester. The father's 

third marriage was contracted with Olive P. 
Clark. The only child of this union, P>ank 
C, now a travelling salesman, is married, and 
lives in Davenport, la. 

Cnrtis I'ranklin Lewin acquired a practical 
education in the schools of Plainfield. Hav- 
ing learned the meat and provision business 
with his father, he has since followed it with 
success. Besides carrying on his meat busi- 
ness, he owns and cultivates a good farm situ- 
ated within the limits of the village. His 
enterprise and close attention to business have 
won for him considerable wealth. In 1875, 
October 6, he married Lucy M. Clough, who 
was born March 30, 1S56, daughter of Charles 
S. Clough, of Grantham, N.H. Mr. and Mrs. 
Lewin have had nine children, born as fol- 
lows: Charles, June 17, 1S76; P'anny, March 
29, 1878; Robert E., August 11, 1881; Mary 
E., P'ebruary 17, 1883; Carl, August 4, 1884; 
Leroy, June 2, 1887; Ruth H., July 5, 1890; 
Catharine E., in October, 1891 ; and Margue- 
rite P:. , March i, 1896. Of these Robert 
Iv , Ruth II., and Marguerite ¥.. are living. 
In politics Mr. Lewin is a Democrat, but 
he takes no active interest in iiublic affairs. 
Devoting his whole time to his business and 
the care of his farm, he is one of the busiest 
men in Plainfield. Sharing the musical talent 
of the Lewins, he often uses it for his own 
amusement and that of his family. 


i'ostmaster of Dimond Hill, llopkin- 
ton, a successful agriculturist of 
this town, and one of the brave men who 
fought in the late war, was boin Januaiy 22, 
1835, in Webster, Merrimack County, son of 
Timothy and Jane (Hurbank) Kelley. Timo- 
thy Kelley was born December 25, 1778, in 
Kilcoloman, County Waterford, Ireland. lie 




was an ofTiccr in tlic Irisli rcliullion, and on ils 
sii|>|ircssinii L'.si.-a|)c<l by Ijcing' .smuggled on 
l)(i;ii(l a slii|) lidinid for New York. Making 
his way from thai city to Massachusetts, he 
lived for a linn; in Ncwjjniy, Mass., where he 
wooed and won his wife. .Subsequently, re- 
moving to Webster, N.ll., he was engaged 
in agricidtural pursuits initil his death, July 
15, 1S54, aged seventy-five years and si.\ 
months. J lis wife survived him many years, 
dying in May, 1S73, at the venerable age of 
eighty-si.N years. 

Andrew J. Kelley sjient the days of his b(jy- 
hood and early maidiood in Webster. Soon 
after the commencement of the late war he 
enlisted in Company ]'",, ]5urdan's sharp- 
shooters, under Captain Amos B. Jones, being 
mustered into service .September g, 1861, 
lie spent the ensuing winter in Washington 
on guard duty. In the spring he went to Fort 
Smith, Virginia, and afterward took an active 
party in thirty of the more important engage- 
ments, including those of l-'alls Church, York- 
town, the Wiklerness, Spottsylvania, Peters- 
burg, Manassas, and Mine Run. 

He remained with his company to the end of 
the contest, serving forty-seven months, and, 
though he was continually on the skirmish 
line, was neither woundeil nor ca[)tured. 
After the capitulation of the Confederates he 
saw Lee's men stack their guns, and he was 
present at the Grand Review in Washington 
with his comrades. At Kelly's I"^)rd the 
sharpshooters ca[)tured the Tenth South Caro- 
lina Regiment, losing but few of their men in 
the engagement. I'"or gallant and meritorious 
conduct Mr. Kelley was successively pro- 
moted to the ranks of Corporal and Orderly 
Sergeant. He was recommended for a Lieu- 
tenancy, which was given to another, owing, 
he believes, to a favoritism shown Republi- 
cans. On returning to Webster, he worked 

tliere liiv a short tinie, and then in tiie saw- 
mills at Concord or Goshen for s(Miie years. In 
1878 he moved to his pre.sent farm of thirty 
acres on Dimond Hill, which is in the vicin- 
ity of the original iJimond settlement made in 
1754. In August, iSy3, the present post- 
office was established ; and, on the recommen- 
dation of those who were instrumental in hav- 
ing it located here, Mr. Kelley was appointed 
the Postmaster. In politics he has always 
been a straightforwanl Democrat, fearless in 
the expression of his ojjinions. At hisdining- 
table, with his old eompanions-in-arms, he 
often lives over his army e.xpericnces in 
thought and story. He is an active worker in 
his party, and generally attends its conven- 

In iS'S.S, at Webster, Mr. Kelley niarricd 
Miss Almira I-'. Rijjley, of Hopkinton. She 
died in May, 1872, leaving three sons and 
a daughter. These are: Willie, who is in a 
laundry in Concord, N. H. ; George, who is a 
trainman on the Old Colony Railway; James, 
a slate roofer, who died at the age of twenty- 
three years; and Clara, the wife of James C. 
Colbinn, of Nashua, N. H. Mr. Kelley con- 
tracted a second marriage on May 21, 1874, 
with Miss Roxanna \V. Jones, of this town, 
daughter of Peter and Ann Eliza (Locke) 
Jones, both of Cambridge, Mass. INIrs. 
Kelley was born and reared in Charlestown, 
Mass., near Bunker Hill. Of this union two 
children have been born, namely: Arthur J., 
of Concord, N. H. ; and a daughter who died 
in early childhood. 

■^.APOLLON B. HAI.I-:, a rising young 
lawyer of Concord, was born in San- 

-^ V^ _ bornton. N.H., April 4, 1S63, son 
of Herman T. and Hannah G. (Sanborn) Hale. 
His father also was a native of Sanbornton, 



and originally bore the name of Jacob T. 
DolJolT, but changed it to Herman T. Hale. 
His paternal grandfather, John Dolloff, grand- 
son of Samuel ]3olloff, is said to have been of 
Russian descent. He was one of the first 
settlers of Sanliornton, where he passed the 
greater part of his life in farming. Mr. N. li. 
Hale's grandmother, the wife of John Dol- 
loff, was Nancy Thomas, whose fathei', Jacob 
Thomas, was at fifteen years of age a fifer in 
the Revolutionary War. He was a son of 
Jonathan, a noted hunter in the niden time, 
last heard from as a scout in Maine. He is 
reputed to have married an Indian squaw. 

Through his mother the subject of this 
sketch is a descendant, in the tenth generation, 
of John Sanborn, who was born about 1600, in 
Derbyshire, England, and died there in young 
manhood. His widow, a daughter of the Rev. 
Stejihen Bachiler, came to this countr\' with 
her father and her sons in 1632, and in 1638 
settled at Hampton, N. H. The eldest son. 
Lieutenant John, born about- 1620, was for 
many years a .Selectman of Hampton and a 
Representative to the General Court. His son 
Richard, the third in line, was the father of 
Ensign John, whose son Ebenezer, born in 
1712, was a [irominent citizen of Hampton, 
serving as Town Clerk and .Selectman, also 
as Sheriff of the count)', and was a commis- 
sioned officer in the old ]'"rench war. Ser- 
geant John, son of ICbenezer, born in 1736 at 
Hampton, served in the old French war and 
also in the Revolution. He was the first 
[lermanent settler of Sanbornton, X. H., whci-e 
he built a house in 1765. Jeremiah, seventh 
in the ance.stral line, born in November, 1764, 
at the age of fifteen enlisted as a nine months' 
man in the Continental army, and was at West 
I'oint at the time of Arnold's treason. Later 
in life he was for two terms a Representative 
from Hampton to the (ieneral Court; and in 

1S12 he was chosen messenger to carry the 
votes of this State for President to Washing- 
ton, D.C. His son, Jesse Sanborn, born in 
1794, a highly intelligent, capable man, an ex- 
cellent school teacher, also a farmer and a 
Ca[itain in the militia, was the father of Han- 
nah G. Sanborn, who became Mrs. Male. 

Herman T. Hale, son of John and Nancy 
(Thomas) Dolloff, born July 15, i<S'20, spent 
the greater part of his life as a farmer in San- 
bornton ; but for some ten years he conducted 
a grist-mill at Hillsborough Bridge. He was a 
man prominent in local affairs, and was elected 
to the office of Selectman, though a Republi- 
can in the midst of a strong Democratic com- 
munity. He died August 3, 1S86, aged 
sixty-si.x years. He was twice married; and 
by his first wife, Elvira M., daughter of Jesse 
and Martha (March) Sanborn, of Sanbornton, 
he had four children, two of whom died young. 
The two still living are: Sarah Augusta, who 
married Aaron Eastman, and resides in San- 
bornton ; and Martha G., who married Frank 
J. Thomas, and is also a resident of Sanborn- 
ton. For his second wife Mr. Herman T. 
Hale married Hannah G. Sanborn, a sister of 
his first wife, and l*y her became the father of 
three children, namely : E. Lettie, who mar- 
ried Oscar P. Lane, and resides in Laconia; 
Napoleon B., whose name appears at the head 
of this sketch; and Charles 1'., who is un- 
married and resides at home. 

Napoleon B. Hale was educated in the dis- 
trict schools of Sanbornton and at tin; New 
Hampton Liter, ii-y Inst itntiim. Pour hculth 
handicajiped him for a time, but, gaining in 
strength, he devoted himself to farming; and 
after the death of his father he had charge of 
the home farm for about three years. In May, 
i88g, he engaged in the study of law with 
Daniel Barnard, then Attorney General of the 
State, at his nfiice in l'"ranklin, where he re- 



iiKiined Ihrcc years. Soon after Mr. Haniard's 
decease Mr. Hale came to C(jncord and com- 
pleted liis [ireparatory course of study with 
Leach & Stcvcii.s. He was admitted to tiie 
Merrimack- County liar, IVfarch 17, 1.S93, and 
.soon after o]icned an office in Concord. lie 
has since lieen successfully engaged in the 
practice, ol liis pinfessiun. I'olit it'all}', he 
affiliates with the Republicans; and he cast 
liis Presidential vote for James G. Blaine 
in 1S.S4. lie is a mcniher of the h'irst Baptist 
Chinch of Concord. He is also a member of 
Kear.sarge Lodge, No. 48, K. of P., and Capi- 
tal Grange, No. 113, P. of H., of Concord. 

— 4-»«*-«— 

01 1. V 15. SANBORN, a well-known 
citizen of Concord and a ]irominent 
New p]ngland stock-raiser, was born in 
the eastern part of Concord, April i, 1S31, 
son of Iliman and Mary A. (I5ean) Sanborn. 
His paternal grandfatlier, Tristram Sanborn, 
a nati\e of the old Bay State and a farmer, 
moved to Boscawen, near Warner, bringing 
his wife and a few household goods on a sled 
drawn by a yoke of steers. There he settled 
on wild land, which he converted into a good 
farm and made his home for many years. 
Prior to the erection of the modern house the 
family dwelt in a log cabin, in the primitive 
fireplace of which it is told that one of the 
chiklren received severe burns on his feet 
from the hot ashes. Tristram's youngest son 
now owns the old homestead. There were five 
boys and five girls in the family. 

Iliman Sanljoin receis'ed his eilucation in 
the schools of his native town and at lioscawen. 
Ujion reaching his majority, he walked to Bos- 
ton, a long journey in those days, when the 
roads were poor and much of the country was 
unbroken. Upon arri\ing there, he secured 
work in a stable, and was employed there for 

a season. He then returned to Bo.scawcn, 
married, and went to work on a farm. ]''!- 
nally, he bought a farm in I''ast Concord, there 
s])ent the remainder of his life engaged in 
agriculture, and died at the age of eighty- 
three years. He did not aspire to civil [jrc- 
ferment, but his ability and many virtues as a 
citizen conld not pass unnoticed; and he was 
prevailed upon to serve the jiublic in various 
capacities. He was Selectman, Councilman, 
and Alderman, as well as Justice of the Peace. 
His first wife, Mary A. (Bean) .Sanborn, was 
a daughter of Abraham ]5ean, who was High 
Sheriff for many years. She bore him four 
children — Abram, Charles, John B., and 
Sarah A. A second marriage united him to 
Clarissa Batchelder, of Loudon, who bore him 
one son -- Charles H., now living in Concord. 
His third marriage was contracted with Laura 
Jones, of Warner. 

John B. Sanborn was sent to the district 
schools and later to Pembroke Academy. 
b'rom early boyhood he worked on his father's 
farm until lie was twenty-one years old. 
Then he bought a farm, on which he has since 
resided. l^esidcs erecting on it a fine brick 
residence, he has rebuilt the barns. lie 
makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred 
Devon cattle and Shrojishire and Southdown 
sheep. He now owns a thousand acres of land, 
all within si.v miles of the city. His first 
marriage was contracted with Miss Nancy 
Powers, of Alexandria, N.H., whose daughter 
by him, Sarah J., married William Sargent, 
and lives at Gilmantini. A second marriage 
united him to Hannah A. Stone, daughter of 
Amos Stone, of Boscawen. She bore him five 
children — John W., George, Frank P., 
Charles H., and Harley H. John married 
Clara Ames, and has one daughter, Mabel. 
George married Abbie Smith; and his chil- 
dren are — Clarence, Genella, and Percy H. 



Frank P. dictl s(jme time ago. Charles mar 
ried Hattie llousel, of Springfield, N.II. 

Like his father, Mr. Sanborn has been 
prominent in town affairs. He has served in 
the City Council, and he was Assessor for two 
terms. In politics he is a Democrat, and he 
has been chairman of his ward committee for 
years. His first Presidential vote was cast in 
1852 for P'ranklin Pierce. He and his sons 
are known all over New England, as they have 
exhibited their cattle at all the leading fairs 
for the last thirty-five years, and won a large 
number of jiremiums. 


[^I-:NJAMIN F. heath, a well- 
known resident of Warner and its 
present Representative in the State 
legislature, was born August 2, 1835, in that 
town, at the Lower Village, son of Matthias 
Heath. The father, a native of Henniker, 
this count)-, born in 1790, came to Warner in 
early manhood. He married Mary Rand, who 
was born in Warner in 1797, in the log house 
in which her parents, Iq^hraim and Lucy 
(Noj'es) Rand, began housekeeping. Matthias 
Heath was a teacher for some years. Subse- 
quently he engaged in trade in I5radford, 
N.H., and then in Hillsborough, finally set- 
tling in Warner, where he resided until his 
death in 1846. His wife, who survived him 
many years, passed away in 1887, in her 
ninetieth year. They were the parents of 
three chijtlren, namely: Henjamin 1'"., the 
subject of this sketch; Anna W., who is liv- 
ing in Warner; and Lydia M.,\vho was an 
invalid from her early girlhood, and ilieil at 
the age of forty-three years. 

Benjamin V. Heath completed his educa- 
tion at the Hopkinton Academy at the age of 
nineteen, and for four years thereafter taught 
school in Hoiikinton and Warner. He was 

then employed for five years as clerk in a 
store in this town. This situation he gave up 
to accept the position of cashier and head 
book-keeper in the office of the Boston Culti- 
vator in Boston. He remained tliere until 
failing health warned him to seek a more ac- 
tive occupation, and outdoor exercise became 
imperative. Then he went West for a year, 
after which he returned to Warner village, 
where he was engaged in mercantile pursuits 
for four years, in company with Ira Harvey 
and H. S. Willis. From 1874 until 1887 
Mr. Heath successfully carried on the business 
alone. Since that time he has been largely 
engaged in probate work, settling many es- 
tates, mostly in Warner. He has also often 
served as commissioner on estates, has been 
an appraiser of real estate, and has written 
many insurance papers. For about a year 
after its incorporation he was the Secretary of 
the Merrimack Glove Company. An unswerv- 
ing Republican in politics, he has attended 
all the conventions of the party in this vicin- 
ity, and has taken an active part in the man- 
agement of local affairs. He was a member 
of the School Board for a number of terms, 
and he served several terms in the capacities 
of Town Treasurer and Town Clerk. In i8g6 
he was elected for a term of two years to the 
State legislature. He has been a Trustee 
and the Treasurer of the Pillsbury Free Li- 
brary since it was founded in 1871. 

On May 19, 1S70, Mr. Heath married in 
Boston Miss Julia A. Wadleigh. She is a 
daughter of Philip S. H. and Rhoda W. 
(Kendrick) Wadleigh, of .Sutton, M.H., and 
a graduate of the New London Literary and 
Scientific Institution. Their only child, h'red 
Harvey Heath, a bright, intelligent lad of 
fourteen, is now attending the high school. 
Both Mr. and Mrs Heath attend the Baptist 
church. An active and prominent Mason, Mr. 



Ilcath was one of the first applicants for ml- 
niissioii III Harris I.od^c, No. 91, of Warner; 
is a Nirnilicr ol Wnuds ( li.iptcr, No. 14, of 
IIciinil<cr, in wliirli he has passed all tlie 
cliairs, and served as liigli I'riesl; lias i)een 
an oCdcer in tlic (iiand I.od^e; and is a mem- 
ber of llie Council of llu' order nf ili,L;h I'ricst- 
hood, whose membership included the late 
|ohn J. Hell, of iCxeter. The deep interest 
Mr. Heath has constantly taken in educa- 
tional matters found useful employment in 
the legislature of 1897, when he was an active 
and eifuient member of the Committee on I'",d- 
ucation. In his leL^islative capacity he also 
serveti on the Conference and other commit- 
tees, and was the introducer of several bills 
that passed both houses and received the sig- 
nature of the iidvenuir. 

ON. AUS'l'IN TYLMR, who was an 
extensive builder and the largest 
'■^ ' land-owner of his tlay in Clare- 

mont, was born there, January 6, 1790, son of 
I'.phraini and Abigail (I'ardee) Tyler. His 
grandfather, Colonel Henjamin Tyler, born at 
Wallingford, Conn., b'ebruary 23, 1732, mar- 
ried Meliitable Andrews, and removed to 
I'^irmington, Conn. b'rom that place Colonel 
Tyler went to Claremont in the spring of 
1767. and the Town History gives the in- 
formation that he built the first dam across 
Sugar River at West Claremont, having been 
given a tract of land for that purpose by the 
town. After the completion of the dam he 
returned to l'"armington ; and in the following 
March, with his wife, si.\ children, and house- 
hokl effects on an o.\ sled, he started for 
Claremont. In 1768 he built a grist-mill and 
saw-mill in connection with his dam. The 
blocks for the millstones were obtained from 
a quarry on Ascutney Mountain, worked by 

him and his .sons for several years, and were 
carried over the Connecticut River on the ice, 
and brought to West Claremont. Here they 
were finisheti into millstones, and supplie<l to 
mills in nearly all jiarls of New ICngland, 
Canada, and New York. Colonel Tyler built 
another dam near the site of High Uridge, 
and a f(jrge and smelting works in connection 
therewith. The ore used was brought from 
Charlestovvn, N.H., and the lime from 
Weathersfield, Vt. The Colonel invented 
and had patented a process for dressing fla.x. 
He also devised an imj^roved bucket for a 
wooden water wheel with an upright shaft, 
called the rye lly or tub wheel, for which he 
was granted two patents successively, in 1800 
and in 1S04. When seventy-five years old he 
retired finm active business, and was suc- 
ceeded by his sons John, Benjamin, and 
Noah. He died in Claremont, March 9, 
1 8 14, leaving eleven children, to each of 
whom he gave a good farm. He was Select- 
man in 1768 and 1769. His son, Mphraim 
Tyler, who died December 16, 1S23, at 
the age of si.\ty-four years, married Abigail 
I'ardee, who died March 18, 1814, aged fifty- 
three years. They had the following chil- 
dren; namely. Miles, Rebekah, Sally, Benja- 
min, Pardee, William, ICphraim, Jr., Austin, 
Sarah, Abigail, Lola, and Maria. 

One of the most active, enterprising, and 
public-spirited men of his time, Austin Tyler 
built the Sullivan factory and the Stone 
paper-mill. His enterprise included all 
branches of his business. The clearing of the 
land and the lumbering, as well as the build- 
ing, were peisonally conducted by him. He 
constantly employed from thirty to forty 
men, and he built for rent and sometimes for 
sale throughout his active life. He held va- 
rious offices of public trust, the duties of 
which he discharged with the utmost fidelitv. 



He was Selectman of Claremont for nine 
years, was Moderator on many occasions, 
served in the capacity of Justice of the Peace, 
was Representative to the New Hampshire 
legislature for eight years, and was State 
Senator in 1838. 

Mr. Tyler married Almira Kingsbury, the 
only child of Esquire Daniel Kingsbury. She 
was born in Keene, N.H., March 6, 1799, 
and died December g, 1867. Mr. Tyler died 
August 12, 1844. They had seven children 
— Henry D., Louise, Emeline, Elizabeth 
Bailey, Frederick Austin, Sarah Frances, and 
Ellen Almira. Henry D. Tyler, who was 
born August 13, 181 5, when thirty-one years 
old enlisted under Captain Webster, Com- 
pany A, went with his regiment to Mexico, 
took an active part in the war, and died at 
San Antonio, Tex., June 16, 1868, aged fifty- 
three years. Louise, born March 30, 18 iS, 
who was highly educated, became the wife of 
Nathaniel Westgate, of Enfield, N. H., and 
died March 6, 1895. Emeline, who was born 
April 21, 1820, married Asa T. Starbird, and 
died at Dover, Kan., March 4, 1876. Eliza- 
beth Bailey, born September 15, 1822, died 
in Boston, April 26, 1868, the wife of Sam- 
uel W. Howe. Frederick Austin, born De- 
cember 10, 1824, who was a prominent hotel 
man in his time, married Mary Ro!)bins, and 
died February 11, 1890. Sarah Frances, born 
December 27, 1834, married Joseph K. Eger- 
ton, and died at Northfield, Vt. , March 9, 
1886. Ellen Almira, born May 29, 1827, on 
January 18, 1854, married John Leonard 
Lovcring, of Hartford, Vt., who died at Fari- 
bault, Minn., in 1862. They had two chil- 
dren — Leonard Austin and Anna Tyler. Of 
the son the Town History says: "Leonard 
was born at Hartford, Vt., November 13, 
1855; was appointed cadet at West Point in 
1872; graduated and was commissioned Second 

Lieutenant of the Fourth United States Infan- 
try, June 15, 1876; was promoted First Lieu- 
tenant of same, January 3, 1S85, and Cap- 
tain of same, October 15, 1893. He was 
detailed by the War Department Assisting 
Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and 
Geology, at the United States Military Acad- 
emy, West Point, 1881-85; Engineer Ofificer, 
Department of the Columbia, 1888-89; Aide- 
de-camp to Brigadier-general Thomas H. 
Ruger, of the United States Army, 1891 ; and 
in command of his company at Boise City, 
Idaho, in 1894.'' He is now acting Captain 
at F"ort Sheridan, Chicago, 111. His sister 
Anna was born at Hartford, Vt., September 
21, 1857. She married April 14, 1S87, 
Charles W. Barrett, of Melrose, and has two 


nent resident of Penacook, was born 
March 29, 1823, on the estate where 
he now resides, son of Henry and Deborah 
(Carter) Rolfe. His grandfather, Nathaniel 
Rolfe, came here from Haverhill, Mass., when 
there were but few settlers in this section. 
Nathaniel converted a tract of wild land into 
a good farm, built a frame house, and carried 
on farming and lumbering throughout the rest 
of his life. His son Henry grew uji on the 
farm, receiving his education in the Concord 
schools. When old enough to engage in busi- 
ness for himself, Henry followed .the same oc- 
cupations that had been pursued by his father. 
In connection with the lumber business he 
controlled a water-power, and did considerable 
sawing. He was a very influential man in the 
town, took an interest in pulilic affairs, and 
was a strong Whig. In the command of a 
militia company, he was an exacting and 
painstaking drill-master. He tiled at the age 
of seventy yeiirs. His wife, Deborah, a na- 



tivc of West Concord, was the mother of seven 
<^irls and four l)()ys; namely, Judith N. , Jane 
C, khoda C, I'h(.l)e W., Deborah, I.ydia, 
Martha, N'allianiel, 'riiunlhy, Ilciny, and 

C()h)iiel Rdllc was educated in tjie [)rivate 
school at I lii|ikint(ui, under the famous John 
Hallard, and at the institutes in remiiroke and 
Salisbiuy. After eompieting his studies he 
taught seliDol (nr tour terms, acquiring a high 
reputation as a disciplinarian, and succcss- 
fiUly managing a school which several preced- 
ing masters had failed to control. Since that 
time Colonel Rolfe has retained a warm inter- 
est in public education. After giving up 
school teaching, he was engaged in the manu- 
facture of doors, sashes, and blinds, for a 
period of fifteen years. In 1S55 he was first 
elected to the School Board of Concord, on 
which he continued to serve for over thirty 
years. In 1856 and 1857 he was sent to rep- 
resent the town in the State legislature, and 
in i860 was appointed on Governor Goodwin's 
staff, where he served for two years, and re- 
ceived his title of Colonel. In 1882 he was 
elected Ward Assessor, which office he filled 
for eight years with entire impartiality. Colo- 
nel Rolfe is now a bank messenger in I'ena- 
cook, and also transacts some business in 

Colonel Rolfe's connection with banking 
and insurance has led him to become inter- 
ested in the various methods of computing in- 
terest. ]>lecognizing the need of uniformity 
in this particular, he has formulated a simple 
anil practical rule, which he hopes to have 
legalized as the court rule by the legislat- 
ure. It provides for computing the annual in- 
terest, which is the legal interest in this 
State, on interest-bearing notes covered by 
partial payments, at different rates of per 
cent., and when there are odd months and 

days. 'I'he method of doing this is judjlishcfl 
in a pamphlet copyrighted by the author, in 
the belief that it meets a long-felt want. 

Colonel Rolfe married Sarah Ivli/.abeth 
Call, who, born in West Hoscawen, now 
Webster, died in 1881. A daughter, JJzzie 
I'^, who was for twenty-two years a teacher in 
the schools of I'enacook, survives her. Colo- 
nel Rolfe is a veteran fireman, having been 
connected with the pioneer engine company of 
I'enacook for thirty years. He was manager 
for many years of the old Merrimack County 
Agricultural Society. The Colonel is an es- 
teemed member of Horace Chase Lodge, No. 
72, F. & A. M., of Penacook; and of Contoo- 
cook Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows. In politics he is a Republican, and he 
cast his first Presidential vote for Henry Clay 
in 1844. His religious belief is the Congre- 

I R A M r A R K 1: R , Postmaster of 
empster, and an ex-member of the 

i® V» New Hampshire legislature, was 

born in this town, July 3, 1830, son of 
Benjamin and Olive (Nichols) Parker. His 
grandfather, Joseph Parker, moved his family 
from New Ipswich, N.H., to Lempster, first 
settling in the northern part of the town. At 
a later date Joseph removed to the farm now 
owned by his grandson. While he owned and 
successfully conducted a farm, he was also en- 
gaged in the manufacture of potash. His 
death occurred March 14, 1835. He married 
Sarah Wright, a native of Washington, N. H.; 
and his children were: Sally, Jeremiah, 
Joseph, Benjamin, Jonas, Bateman, Almena, 
George, and Hiram. 

Benjamin Parker, who was born in New 
Ipswich, came to Lempster when he was three 
years old. He was engaged in farming; and 
he attained prominence in public affairs, serv- 



ing as Selectman, County Road Commissioner, 
and Representative to tlie legislature. In 
politics he was a Democrat and in religious 
belief a Universalist. He died in 1S45. His 
wife, Olive, was a daughter of Timothy and 
Ann (Carey) Nichols, of Lempster, who had 
eight children; namely, Polly, Cynthia, 
Eunice, Olive, Lavina, Niantha, Timothy, 
and Troop. Benjamin Parker's children were: 
lunily L., Hiram, and Hosea \V. luiiily is 
now the widow of Ransom P. Beckwith, late 
of Lempster, and has two children — Walter 
P. and Hira R. Walter P. Beckwith, who 
is the principal of the State Normal School 
in Salem, Mass., wedded Mary Sails, of 
Adams, Mass., and has one daughter, Fanny. 
Hira R. Beckwith, now an architect and 
builder in Claremont, married Tibbie Martin, 
a native of Springfield, Vt. The Hon. Hosea 
W. Parker, who was a member of Congress, 
and is now an attorney in Claremont, married 
Louvisa Southgate, of Bridgewater, Vt. His 
only daughter, Lizzie S., is now the wife 
of the Rev. Lee McCoUester, of Detroit, 
Mich., and has two children — Parker and 
Catharine. Mrs. Benjamin Parker died March 
10, 1887. 

Hiram Parker acquired a common-school ed- 
ucation. He was but fifteen years old when 
the death of his father made it necessary for 
him to take the management of the homestead 
farm. In 1887 he moved to the village, and 
engaged in business at his present stand. 
His store, stocked with a good assortment of 
general merchandise, is largely patronized, 
and brings him a good income. At the same 
time conducting his farm of one hundred and 
fifty acres, he is one of the busiest men in 
town. Politically, he supports the Demo- 
cratic party; and he is a leading spirit in local 
public affairs. For thirteen years he has been 
a member of the Boartl of Selectmen. He was 

Town Clerk and Treasurer for two years, he 
served on the School Board for si.x years, he 
represented this town in the legislature in 
1863 and 1864, he served on the State Board 
of Agriculture for nine years, and he has 
been Postmaster for the past four years. Ac- 
tively interested in the Patrons of Husbandry, 
he was formerly Master of Silver Mountain 
Grange, No. 196, and is now a member of 
Pomona Grange of Sullivan County. Both he 
and Mrs. Parker are members of the Univer- 
salist Society, which he serves in the capacity 
of secretary. 

On October 11, 1854, Mr. Parker was 
united in marriage with Helen G. Moore. 
She was born in Lempster, June 16, 1836, 
daughter of Charles and Aira (Beckwith) 
Moore. Her father, who was a native of Bol- 
ton, Mass., settled upon a farm in this town 
soon after his marriage. He died in 1870; 
and his wife, who was born in Lenity, N. H., 
died in 1882. They were the parents of four 
children, namely: Harriet, who became the 
wife of J. N. Butler, M.D., of Lempster; 
George, who married Almina Weed, of Unity; 
Helen G., who is now Mrs. Parker; and 
Charles Austin, a travelling man, who married 
I^lla Smith, of Ludlow, Vt., and resides in 
Rutland. Mr. and Mrs. Parker have had four 
children, namely: Fred C, born June 2-j , 
1858; Frank B., born May 29, i860, who died 
in 1863; Jennie L. , born November 10, 1864; 
and Carl Austin, born April 28, 1879. Fred 
C, who graduated from the Agricultural Col- 
lege in Hanover with the class of 1880, is now 
a merchant in Acworth, N.II. He wedded 
Mary Stafford, of Lempster, who has had two 
children: Bertha, born in March, 1893, who 
died in infancy; and Leslie Iliram, born No- 
vember 13, 1S95, who died January 5, 181)7. 
Jennie L., a graduate of the Claremont High 
School, is now the wife of Herbert !•". Olm- 



stead, who is a native of Sutton, Canada, and 
a <Iealcr in musical instruments in Lempstor. 
Siie has one son, Percy !■"., born May 14, 
1.S93. Carl Austin I'arker is attending the 
Kimball Union Academy in Meridcn. 

iA'IN W. SANDERS, one of the lead- 
ing merchants of Pittsfield, was born 
in this town, October 5, 1850, son 
ol William and Adeline (Reyn(dds) Sanders. 
His grandfather, Samuel Sanders, who was a 
resident of Strafford, N.II., followed shoe- 
making and farming throughout the active 
period of his life, and died at the age of 
seventy years. Samuel's wife, whose maiden 
name was Betsey Cater, lived to be eighty 
years old. She was the mother of nine chil- 
dren, all now deceased, of whom William was 
the youngest. 

William Sanders was born in Strafford, and 
reared upon a farm, lie learned the shoe- 
maker's trade, and afterward worked at it, and 
also conducted a good farm in PittsfieUl. In 
[lolitics he was a Democrat. He marricil for 
his first wife Abiagail Sanders, witlow of 
William Sanders, of Strafford; and by that 
union there were five children, of whom the 
only survivor is Betsey. His second mar- 
riage was contracted with Adeline, daughter 
of John Reynolds, of Strafford; and she be- 
came the mother of five children, four of 
whom are living — Alvin W., Martin, Clara, 
and George. Martin wetkled ICva Noyes, of 
Barnet, Vt. ; and Clara is the wife of ]-5en- 
jamin Rollins, of Concord, N.H., and has two 
children — Moreace and Bertha. Mrs. Will- 
iam Sanders, who is seventy-two years old, is 
residing at the homestead in this town. 

Alvin W. Sanders acquired his education in 
the schools of Barnstead, N.H. During the 
ensuing three years he was employed in vari- 

ous cotton-mills in this State. Then he was 
connected with the New Hampshire Insane 
Asylum for eleven years, .serving in the capac- 
ity of keeper for five years, and afterward 
having charge of the culinary department. 
On leaving the asylum he returned to Pitts- 
field, where in 1889, after working in the shoe 
shops for three years, he opened a general 
store. He deals in groceries, provision.s, 
grain, and feed, and receives a large share of 

On October 23, 1S73, Mr. Sanders was 
united in marriage with Augu.sta Sanborn, 
daughter of Frank and Nancy (Flanders) San- 
born, of Salisbury, N.II. Politically, Mr. 
Sanders is a Prohibitionist. He is connected 
with Suncook Lodge, I. O. O. F., in the im- 
portant chairs of which he has served. Both 
he and Mrs. Sanders are members of the Free 
Will Baptist church. 

OHN F. BARTLETT, Postmaster of 
Suncook and an e.\-membcr of the 
New Hampshire legislature, was born 
in Newton Upper F'alls, Mass., November 15, 
1836, son of George W. and Jane (Nickelson) 
Bartlctt. His grandfather, Abijah Bartlett, 
who served as a sailor in the War of 1812, was 
a rope-maker in Salem, Mas.s. Abijah mar- 
ried Elizabeth Bartlett, of Marblehead, and 
reared a family of six children. 

George W. Bartlett, born in Marblehead, 
resided in Newton Upper Falls and later in 
Nashua, N. H., where he followed the business 
of storekeeper. He died at the age of forty- 
five years. In politics he was originally a 
Whig, but later became a Democrat. His 
wife, Jane, who was a native of Marblehead, 
became the mother of eleven children, of whom 
Mary Ann, John F. , Benjamin B., and Susan 
M. are living. Mary Ann married for her 



first husband Clark T. Rose, by whom she 
has two children — William C. and Lilly. By 
her second husband, Ozem Hurd, she has had 
no children. Susan M. is the wife of Albeit 
F. Barney, of Laconia, N. H. ; and her chil- 
dren are: Henrietta and Carrie. Mrs. George 
\V. Bartlett, who is still living, was born July 
4, 1S06, is now over ninety years old, and 
enjoys good health. She is a member of the 
Methodist church. 

John F. Bartlett attended schools in New- 
ton Upper I'\t11s, Mass., and in Nashua anil 
Jlookset, N.H. After his studies were com- 
pleted, he was employed in a mill in Hookset 
for a short time. At the age of seventeen he 
went to Lowell, Mass., where he served an 
apprenticeship at the machinist's trade. After 
following this trade as a journeyman in Bos- 
ton for twelve years, he purchased a residence 
in Allenstown, N. H., and therein made his 
home. He continued in the machinist's 
business for several years after working in 
Manchester and Hookset. He then engaged 
in the restaurant business in Suncook, open- 
ing an establishment on each side of the river. 
Subsequently he disposed of his interest in 
these places and went to the mining districts 
of the West, where he remained for a short 
period and was fairly successful. Returning 
to Suncook, he entered the grocery and pro- 
vision business, which he conducted for about 
twelve years. Then he retired from trade, and 
was for some years engaged in farming. In 
1894 he was ap|)ointed Postmaster at Suncook 
village, and is still serving in that capacity. 

On October 31, iSj.S, Mr. Bartlett was 
joined in marriage with Mary Flizabeth Gor- 
don, daughter of Joseph Ouincy Gordon, of 
Kingston, N. II. They have three children 
— Ada, Henrietta, and George F. Ada mar- 
ried Dr. J. B. I'ettingill, of Amherst, N. H., 
and has four children — Edith, George, Grace, 

and Frank. Henrietta is the wife of George 
W. Fowler, of Manchester, N. H., and has one 
son, Sherborne. George F. married Viola A. 
Page, of Pembroke, N.H., and has one daugh- 
ter, p:dith May. Mrs. Bartlett died August 
4, 1894, aged fifty-seven years and nine 
months. In politics Mr. Bartlett is a Demo- 
crat, and he has long been a leading spirit in 
local affairs. He was a member of the Pru- 
dential Committee for three years, and of the 
Board of Selectmen in 1875; and he was ten- 
dered nomination to the latter office for the 
following year, but declined to serve. He was 
Town Treasurer for three years, and has held 
other offices. In 188S he was elected a Rep- 
resentative to the legislature. He is con- 
nected with the Masonic Lodge in Pembroke, 
and has occupied all of the important chairs 
in the lodge of Odd Fellows. Mr. Bartlett 
attends the Baptist church. 

LBERT S. WAIT, of Newport, the 
oldest lawyer in active practice in 
Sullivan County, was born in Ches- 
ter, Windsor County, Vt., April 14, 1S21, 
son of Daniel and Cynthia (Reed) Wait. His 
grandfather, John Wait, was among the early 
settlers of Mason, N.H. John moved to Wes- 
ton, Vt. , and was a sturdy farmer of that 
Green Mountain town and a iiighly respected 
member (jf the community. He died in Wes- 
ton at a good old age. His children were: 
James, Jolin Sumner, Daniel Amos, Lucinda, 
and Mrs. Davis. 

Daniel Wait, who followed the trade of 
blacksmith, was a Brigadier-geneial in the 
State militia and in his last years a Justice of 
the Peace. He first settled in Chester and 
afterward in the village of Sa.xton's River, 
Rockingham, \'t. He was' grand juror of the 
town of Rockingham, which is an office i)e- 



ciiliar to the State of Vermont. A man of 
f^diid judgment, he had the esteem of his 
fellow-townsnicn. In 1 rl i;^inii he was a Uni- 
versalist. lie was a Democrat in politics, 
and one of two men in Chester village who 
voted fur Andrew Jackson. Me died in 1856 
iir 1.S57, at tiic age of seventy. His wife, 
wiio Ijclonged to the Methodist MjMscopal 
chinch, died when ninety-two years of age. 
Their children were: Martha E. Spaulding, 
who lives in West Springfield, Mass. ; Sarah 
A. Spaulding, now deceased; Otis F. R., who 
was a prominent man of Claremont, an historian 
and Justice of the I'cacc, and died in 1895; 
Albert S., the subject of this sketch; and 
Daniel If., who died at the age of nine years. 

Albert S. Wait spent his boyhood in Ches- 
ter and Rockingham, Vt. His early educa- 
tion was obtained in the schools of Chester. 
He began the study of law at the village of 
Saxton's River, in the office of Judge Daniel 
Kellogg, and was admitted to the bar in 1846 
at Newfanc, Windham County, Vt. He 
first located in Alstead, N. H., remaining 
tiierc imtill he year 1857, when he removed to 
Newport. Here he was in partnership with 
the Hon. lulmund Burke for ten years. Since 
the termination of that connection he has been 
in practice alone. He is to-day the oldest 
lawyer in the county in active practice. 

Mr. Wait has been married three times. 
His [ireseiit wife, formerly Miss Ella O. Eno, 
of Westfield, Mass., has one daughter, 
Minerva S. Wait. His religious creed is the 
Congregational. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat, and he is a member of the IJoard of Trus- 
tees of the State Industrial School. He is 
connected with the IMasonic fraternity by 
membership in Mount Vernon Lodge, of which 
he has been Master. He has also been Dis- 
trict Deputy Grand Master. He is likewise 
a member of the New Hampshire State His- 

torical .Siiciuly and ;in honorary member of the 
Naval Order of the United States. Mr. Wait 
ranks among the leading men of his profession, 
and is mentioned in linglish law books as an 
authority on fine points of law. 


IIARLES L. KENNEY, a pro.sper- 
ous farmer of Loudon and son of 
Bradley H. and Rebecca (Pease) 
Kenney, was born in this town, July 9, 1844. 
His grandfather, Joseph Kenney, was one of 
the early settlers of the town, where he was 
engaged in farming. Joseph went West in his 
later years, and died in Miiniesota, at the home 
of his daughter. His son, Bradley, a cooper 
by trade, who was also engaged in farming, 
died in May, 1882. Bradley's wife, Rebecca, 
who came from Barnstead, N. H., died in 1844. 
They had four children: Mary Ann, who is 
the wife of Joseph A. Foster, and lives in Man- 
chester; Clarissa, who died in April, 1895; 
Caroline, who married Joseph Hutchinson, 
and lives in Concord, N. II. ; and the subject 
of this sketch. All received a good common- 
school education, and the daughters went to 
select schools. 

Charles L. Kenney lived at home with his 
[iarents until his marriage. His estate, known 
as the Dimond farm, which was willed to him 
by his father, now contains about one hundred 
and twenty-five acres of good land. An in- 
dustrious and capable farmer, he has much im- 
proved the property since it came into his 
possession. In politics he is a Republican. 
In 1869, December 2, he married Myra 
Knowles, of Canterbury, where she was born 
October 6, 1844, daughter of Lester and Re- 
becca (Pluntoon) Knowles. Mr. Knowles 
was a native of Gilmanton, where he died in 
I*"ebruary, 1875. His wife, born in Canter- 
bury, and now in her eighty-eighth year, re- 



sides in Penacook. Mr. and Mrs. Kenney 
have three children, namely: Maude, the wife 
of Chester Norris, living near her father in 
Loudon; and Ellen and Forest B., who reside 
with their parents. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ken- 
ney are members of the Free Will Baptist 
church. Mr. Kenney is also a Deacon of the 
society and the superintendent of the Sunday- 

« ■ ■ ■ I 

I^IAXK IIKNRY CARR, one of the 
patriotic men who periled his life in 
the cause of the Union during the late 
Civil War, now an enterprising mill-owner of 
West Hopkinton, was born in West Hopkin- 
ton, I-'ebruary 8, 1841, son of Thomas W. and 
Caroline (Connor) Carr. The grandfather, 
John Carr, removed from West Newbury, 
Mass., to Concord, N.H., where he kept an 
inn for a short time. From Concord he came 
to West Ho|)kinton about the year 1821, mak- 
ing his residence on a farm which had been 
presented to his wife by her brother, Thomas 
Williams. While a carriage-maker by trade, 
he had a natural aptitude for general mechan- 
ical work. One of the most cherished posses- 
sions of his grandson's family to-day is an old 
'cello made by him in his leisure hours. In 
])olitics he was an ardent Whig. He died on 
the old farm at tiie age of seventy-five. His 
wife, Abigail, who survived him some years, 
attaining the age of eighty-si.\, was a magnifi- 
cent specimen of New England womanhood, 
strong, energetic, and cheerful up to the day 
of her death. .She left a lasting impression 


her grandchildren, then growing 


about her. Mr. and Mrs. Joiiii C"arr had a 
family of eigiit children — Anna, lUiza, 
I'jiinia, Abigail, Almirn, Helen, Samuel, and 
Thomas Williams. 

Thomas W. Carr spent his early life u])(in 
tlie farm. While quite a young man, he was 

a Captain of militia. Later he engaged in 
farming and lumbering. The latter business 
was carried on in a factory the beam of which 
was twenty-four inches square and seventy feet 
long, and much heavy timber was turned out. 
He was a well-read man and a Republican in 
politics. He married Caroline Connor, of 
Henniker, daughter of George and Hannah 
(Campbell) Connor. They had eight children 
— Philip, John Alfred, George Titcomb, 
Thomas Tyler, Frank Henry, Charles Clinton, 
Caroline l^llizabeth, and Ellen Bruce. Philip 
died at the age of ten. John Alfred is now 
living in Boston. Caroline Elizabeth is a 
trained nurse in Concord. Ellen Bruce, who 
married William Carpenter, of Manchester, 
died two years after her marriage. Of this 
family four sons fought in the Civil War, one 
giving up his life therein. George Titcomb 
served in the United States Navy. In Septem- 
ber, 1 86 1, Thomas Tyler enlisted in Company 
B, Second New Hampshire Volunteers, was 
made Sergeant, served his full term, and was 
wounded at P^air Oaks and Gettysburg. 
Charles Clinton enlisted in the Fourteenth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, on 
September 23, 1S62, being then a boy of nine- 
teen. He was wounded at Cedar Creek, Oc- 
tober 19, 1864, and died in the hospital at 
Winchester, Va., November 2 of the same 
year. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Cair sjicnt 
their last years in West Hnpkinton with their 
son I'rank Plenry. 

I'rank Henry Carr livetl witli his jiarents 
until he was eighteen }'ears old, at which age 
he went to Henniker. He enlisted September 
28, i86[, in Coni])any G, Second Regiment of 
United States Shar|)shooters, mustering for 
service Uecemljcr 12, 1861, at Concord. 
Discharged on the expiration of his term, he 
enlisted again December 21, 1863, at Cul- 
pcfjcr, Va., in the same command; was made 



Sergeant before Petersburg, November i, 1S64; 
was transferred to tlie l-'ifth New Hampshire 
Volunteers, January 30, i<S65, becoming at tlie 
same lime ( )r(lerly Sergeant of Company H; 
was promoted to tlie rank of Second Lieutenant 
in the same company on the first of the fol- 
lowing Ma}'; and was niListered out July 8 of 
the same year. This brave soldier and patriot 
was engaged in over eighty battles and skir- 
misiies, including the second Hull Run, Cedar 
Mountain, Anlictam, l-'redericksburg, and 
(jettysl)urg. At b'redericksburg he was capt- 
ured liy the Confederates, and confined in 
Libby I'rison until January 14, 1863, when 
he was sent on parole to Annapolis and ex- 
changed, regaining his regiment at l-'redericks- 
burg. At Cicttysbiug he received three sligiit 
gunshot wounds, not enough, however, to keeji 
him from duty. lie was one of the five mem- 
bers of his company who lost no time in tlie 
ser\'ice except wiiile im|3risoned. After tlie 
war he retnincd tn Ilcnniker, wheie lie re- 
mained until Decemix'r, 1S71, working in a 
kit factory and grist-mill. In 1872 he bouglit 
a mill in West Ilopkinton, where he engaged 
in maiuifactuiing mackerel kits. When the 
mill-dam was swept away in 1876, besides 
rebuilding it he ])ut in new machinery, adding 
a saw-mill and a sli ingle machine. Since then 
he has done general saw-mill wiuk, althiuigh 
selling mainly to dealers. lie cuts a million 
feet of timber in a season, ami lie has cleared 
off a large acreage of stumjjage. Hcsides the 
property in West Ilopkintcni, he owns a farm 
in Flenniker, holding it chiefly for its lumber. 
In iSfiS Mr. Carr married Mary A. Chand- 
ler, daughter of William anil Anne (.Straw) 
Chaneller. They have four children, namely : 
Anna Caroline, now married to Arthur W. 
Dow, ol Ilcnniker; William Thomas, a saw- 
mill operatoi', li\ing at home; Clara I.ucv, 
who was training at a surgical hosjjital in 

Boston, and died March 6, 1897, of pleuro- 
pneumonia; and John I'rank, who lives at 
home. The family are held in high esteem by 
their fellow-townsmen. In politics Mr. Carr 
has always been a Republican. He is greatly 
res]iected for his business integrity as well as 
for his devotion to his country. 

i'Ci)/ ll.lAAM 1II-:NRY HARRISON' 
teV MOODY, of Clarcmont, a retired 
shoe manufacturer and one of the 
wealthiest and most prominent men of New 
Hampshire, was born here, May 10, 1842, son 
of Jonathan Moody. His father made shoes 
by hand, employing several men in his busi- 
ness. Jonathan Moody took a lively interest in 
military matters thrcjughout his life. A tenor 
drummer of reputation, he was always in de- 
mand at military training and at muster. 

The subject of this sketch, the seventh 
child in a family of eleven, was named for 
President William Henry Harrison. When 
fourteen years old, he entered the shoe factory 
of Russell W. I'^arwell, of Claremont, to learn 
the business; and he continued with that firm 
four years. In 1861 he enlisted in Troop L, 
New iMigland Cavalry, served for a few months 
in the Ci\ il War, and was then honorably dis- 
charged. In the fall of 1S62 he engaged as 
travelling salesman for a large shoe jobbing 
firm in IJoston, and was very successful in sell- 
ing goods all over the country. His em- 
ployers took him into ]3artncrship in 1867, 
when the firm name became McGibbons, 
Moody & Raddin. His capital was little 
more than ability and knowledge of the busi- 
ness. In 1873 he became a partner in the firm 
of Crain, Moody & Rising, who established a 
shoe manufactory at Amoskeag, N. H., em- 
ploying one hundred hands, and making shoes 
for the Western and Southern trade. After a 



few 3'ears, the business having outgrown its 
quarters, the firm removed to Nashua, where 
they remained aljout seven years. Then the 
shoe manufacturing firm of Moody, Estabrook 
& Anderson was organized. Mr. Moody's re- 
lations with tliis firm continued until the 
spring of i8g6, when he retired, selling his 
interest to his partners. The manufactory 
became the largest of its kind in the country, 
its business amounting to about two millions 
of dollars per annum. The goods aie sold 
wholly to jobbing houses in the South and 
West. The firm has an office and warehouse 
in Boston. Mr. Moody, well known among 
the leather people of that city, is a Director in 
the National Shoe and Leather Bank there. 
Since he went to Boston, he has acquired one 
of the largest fortunes in the State. His deep 
interest in the welfare of his native place, with 
his generous support of everything for the ad- 
vantage of the town, has made him one of the 
most prominent and popular men of Claremont. 
He is the owner of the property of the Ilotel 
Claremont, where he spends most of the win- 
ter months. The hotel is one of the best and 
largest in the State. 

In 1878 Mr. Moody bought what was known 
for many years as the Mann farm of eighty- 
seven acres, located about a mile south of the 
village. To this farm he has constantly 
added; and the farm contains to-day six hun- 
dred acres, the larger part of it pasture. At 
a great expense he has erected a magnificent 
series of buildings, making it one of the finest 
])roperties in the State. As a relief fr(jm 
business cares he is interested in the breeding 
of fine horses, and the possessor of a large 
number of thoroughbreds. Mr. Moody has 
spent some time abroad for the l)enefit of his 
health; but Highland View affords him pas- 
time and diversion such as he can find nowhere 
else. He has expended thousands of dollars 

annually in the improvement of the estate, 
and has thus added to the wealth, importance, 
and beauty of his native town, for which he has 
always had a strong affection. 

Mr. Moody was united in marriage to Miss 
Mary A. Maynard, daughter of Levi P. and 
Loraiia (Orr) Maynard, the former being a 
native of Bath, Me., and the latter of Bow- 
doinham, Me. Through his remarkable suc- 
cess in business he has been able to do much 
for his townspeople in different ways, and has 
proved himself by his generous acts one of the 
most liberal and [ihilanthropic of men. 

T^HARLES GILKEY, a prominent resi- 
I jp dent of Cornish, who was formerly en- 
vjf__.^ gaged in the gunsmith business, is 
a native of Plainfield, N. H., born September 
39, 1826. Charles Gilkey, his grandfather, 
born in Connecticut, was the first of the fam- 
ily to come to Plainfield. He came originally 
as agent of a wealthy Connecticut family, and 
remained in their employ for some time. 
After failing in an attempt to buy a farm with 
the Continental money in which his salary 
was paid, owing to the depreciated value of 
that currency then, he succeeded in leasing 
one from the State for nine hundred and 
ninety-nine years. This property is still in 
the possession of the family, subject to an 
annual rental of si.x or eight dollars, wliicli is 
paid to the treasurer of the ICpiscopal church 
of the town. Grandfather Gilkey married 
Lucy Avery, who bore him five chiUh'cn — 
Jonathan, John, Charles, William, and James. 
Jonathan married a Miss Spaulding, and lived 
in Vermont. Joiin married and spent iiis life 
in Vermont, woiking at the trade of ship-car- 
penter. He had one daughter, who married tiie 
Rev. Robert Christie. Charles was drowned 
when a young man. William died )oung. 




James Gilkcy, the fatlicr of Cliarlcs Gilkey, 
a native of Connecticut, l)f)in in September, 
1769, came to Cornisli when about seven years 
(ibb liy tra(K' he was a mechanical wood- 
cutler, in which he carried on a iar<^e business 
for some time. After the death of iiis lirother 
Charles he took chai}^'e of the farm. Highly 
esteemed in the community, he served in every 
office in the gift of the town, including that 
of legislative Representative. He married 
Naomi Sniilli, of I'laiiificld, who was born 
in December, 1805. Their children were: 
Ch.irles, the subject of this sketch; George, 
horn in Cf)rnish, who died in 1849; J^imes, 
born ill I'lainlield, who was a railroad man, 
and died in Arkansas of a fever contracted 
there; Jeannette, who married Wats Beck- 
worth, of Kansas; John, who is living on the 
old homestead in Cornish; Julia, who married 
lul Bryant, of Cornish, had four children, and 
died in 1889; and Asa, living in l?rattleboro, 
who lor a number of years was an officer of 
the Asylum for the Insane, bought a farm, 
married Lizzie Harris, and has one daughter, 

Charles Gilkcy, the eldest child of his par- 
ents, was educated in the schools of IMainfield. 
He then learned the trade of mechanical wood- 
carver, and worked at Worcester and Chicopee, 
Mass., in Connecticut, and at Windsor, Vt. 
Inheriting the mechanical genius of his father, 
he had no difficulty in taking up tlie manu- 
facture ot guns for a hnn that was under con- 
tract to make a thousand guns for the Russian 
government. In 1861, when the Civil War 
broke out, the United States government took 
all the guns the factory could turn out. A 
large part of the guns carried by General 
Butler's troops on his trip to New Orleans 
were made by this concern. While in 
Worcester, Mr. Gilkcy made the machinery 
for the first double-barrel gun manufactured. 

After a time his health gave out, and he 
bought the large farm in Cornish where he 
now resides. He has been prominent in town 
affairs, has been Highway Surveyor and a 
member of the .School Board, and he was Col- 
lector of Ta.\es when only twenty-one years of 
age. Ill politics he is an independent, pre- 
ferring to vote for the best man or for the party 
exemplifying the best principles. }Ie showed 
his honesty in this respect by voting in the 
last two elections respectively for Cleveland 
and McKinley. 

Mr. Gilkey married Laura A., daughter of 
Titus and Lucy (Mills) Sheppard. Mrs. 
Gilkey was born in Dudley, Mass., in July, 
1820, and died February 2, 1897. Her pater- 
nal grandfather and great-grandfather were 
born in Dudley. Her maternal grandfather, 
Nathaniel Mills, came from Scotland to 
Thompson, Conn., where he was the first of 
the name. Her grandmother Mills was born 
in Thompson, Conn. The house in which Mr. 
(iilkcy lives, although about one hundred and 
fifty years old, is in an excellent condition 
still. Its timbers of solid oak are, to all ap- 
pearances, good for another century and a 
half. For years it was considered the pretti- 
est cottage in the district. Among many in- 
teresting relics preserved by the family is a 
barrel used for packing pork, that had been 
used for thirty years by Mrs. Gilkey, and no 
one knows how long it was in use before. 
I'.ven the brine, which is submitted to an 
annual purifying process is, at least part of it, 
thirty years old. 

^^•^» ■ 

-LIAM H. CARTER, a thrifty 
farmer of Canterbury and a son of 
John and Lydia (Gill) Carter, was 
born December 20, 1842. His grandfather, 
Nathan Carter, who was born in Boscawcn, 



N.H., April 6, 1762, lived in this town all 
his life. Nathan carried on farming, and 
conducted a tavern, and died September 21, 
ICS41. His wife, Sarah, died May 8, 1845. 
They had five children, namely: Judith, born 
December 5, 1787, who married John French, 
and died December 13, 1871; Moses, born 
August 6, 1790, who died May 30, 1851; 
John, born December 10, 1797, the father of 
the subject of this sketch; Jeremiah, born 
February 20, 1803, who died in 1871; and 
Nathan, born February 4, 1S07, who died 
February 16, 1875. 

John Carter in his younger days was em- 
ployed in rafting lumber down the river, al- 
though his main business was farming. He 
resided at different times in Boscawen, Fast 
Concord, and Canterbury, and died August 12, 
1 87 1. His wife's death occurred February 4, 
1S90. They had six children: Bradbury G., 
born February 3, 1827, who married Asenath 
Spiller, and is now a widower living in Con- 
cord; Luther, born August 24, 1S29, who 
married Mary Ann Coffin, and is engaged in 
the shoe business in Newburyport, Mass. ; 
John, born March 25, 1832, who died in 1833; 
John (second), born March 15, 1834, who 
married Julia Bryant, and is a railroad man 
living in Norwalk, Ohio; Sarah R., born Oc- 
tol)er 4, 1838, the widow of Robert G. Morri- 
son, living in Boscawen; and William II., the 
subject of this sketch. 

William II. Carter was a pupil of the VAm- 
wootl Academy in Boscawen. When twenty 
years old he went to I'enacook, worked there 
at cabinet-making for a year and a half, and 
then returned home. Both he and his brother 
l.uther joined the Union army. Me enlisted 
September i, 1864, in Company E, First New 
Hampshire Heavy Artillery, under Lieuten- 
ant Colonel Ira McL. Barton, Colonel Charles 
II. LfHig, and Captain Robert S. Davis. The 

regiment served in the defences of Washing- 
ton for most of the time. Mr. Carter, who 
was a non-commissioned officer, received no 
wounds in the army, but was injured in health. 
He was discharged at Washington, D.C., June 
15, 1865. He then went back to Penacook, 
proceeding later to Canterbury, where he re- 
mained with his parents until their death. 
He settled on his present farm, known as the 
old Blodgett farm, in 1865. The property 
contains about one hundred acres. Besides 
making many other improvements, he has re- 
modelled the buildings. 

Mr. Carter was married February 5, 1865, 
to Martha Ann Wheeler, daughter of Colonel 
John and Mary Jane (Blanchard) Wheeler. 
Colonel Wheeler, who came from Concord, 
Mass., and obtained his military title in the 
State militia, was a stone-cutter in early life, 
afterward a farmer, and died June 4, 1880. 
His wife is living with her son in Canterbury. 

In politics Mr. Carter is a Republican. 
He has been a Selectman of the town, and he 
served on the School Board for three years, 
besides holding other less important offices. 
A comrade of the G. A. R., he belongs to 
W. I. Brown Post, No. 31, of Penacook. 

'ej-r'AMUKL CHOATK, a prominent 
//^ farmer of Boscawen, was born here, 
F"ebruary 24, 1830, son of Royal 
and Hannah (Sav^'yer) Choate, who were na- 
tives respectively of Boscawen and Salisbury, 
N.H. His great-grandfather, Thomas Choate, 
who came from Ipswich, Mass., to Boscawen 
about 1788, settled on the same farm and 
oecu|iied the same house where the present 
Mr. Choate now resides. Samuel, a son of 
Thomas and grandfather of the present Sam- 
uel, born March 18, 1769, in Ipswich, came 
with his father to this farm; and the two lived 



there the rest of their lives. Two interesting 
(locumcMls preserved i)y iiini were ;i commis- 
sion, si<;ncil l)y Kini; Gcor^ic, dated ()ctoi)er 
29, I7'')i, and aniitlicr signed by Julin I.ang- 
ilon, bearing; the dales, December 15, iSoi; 
June 28, 1S08; antl Septemlier 10, iSio. He 
was married successively to ]5etsy Kind)all, 
Nancy Jackman, and Mary I.oomis, all now 
deceased. Tliere was one cliild by the first 
marriage, Isaac Chandler, born in 1794, who 
died in i860. By the second marriage there 
were five children: Royal, the father of 
Samuel, Jr.; Hetsey, born December 9, 1797, 
who died in January, 1826; Anna, born April 
13, 1800, who died August 28, 1862; Maria, 
born August 12, 1802; and Nancy, born Octo- 
ber 22, 1804. The children of the third 
union were: Mary, born in i8io, who died 
January 7, 1827; Sophia, born in 1S18, who 
died in infancy; and Samuel, born in 181 5, 
who died in the same year. The father died 
June 12, 1847. 

Royal Choate, born June 12, 1796, was a 
welldoiown farmer of Boscawen. His first 
wife, Hannah Sawyer Choate, died July 31, 
1S33. lie made a second marriage with Mrs. 
Eliza Huckins Mewers, of New Hampton, 
N.H., who was born October 6, 181 2, and 
died December 26, 1881. There were three 
cliildren by the first marriage — David S., 
Samuel, and Nancy J. David, who was born 
November 28, 1827, died February 21, 1833; 
and Nancy }., who was born November 5, 
1832, became the wife of Moses C. Sanborn, 
of Concord, and died November 24, 1S95. 
Royal and Lucy were the children of the sec- 
ond marriage. Roy:d, born Ajiril 25, 1846, is 
now married, lives in Hoscawen, and has two 
children — IClmer and Van Ness. Lucy, born 
October 3, 1849, married John V. Colby, now 
deceased, and lives in Boscawen. The father 
died March 27, 1882. 

Samuel Ciioate received a comnKjn-school 
education. He worked on the farm until he 
was twenty-one, wiien the property was left in 
his charge by his father, who moved to another 
farm. He still lives on the old homestead, 
and owns about three hundred and si.xty-fivc 
acres of land. The place is well kept by him, 
and has been improved by the addition of new 
buildings. He raises siieep, and carries on 
some dairy business, keeping about twenty 
head of cattle. In 1881 he was a Representa- 
tive in the State legislature. He has been 
Selectman for about eight years, served as 
Collector ten years, and has been Supervisor. 
He is a member of Contoocook Lodge, No. 
27, I. O. O. F. , of I'enacook, takes an active 
interest in politics, and votes the Re])ubliran 

Mr. Choate was married November 3, 1S59, 
to Caroline M. Perkins, of Georgetown, 
Mass., daughter of Samuel and Mahala (Mar- 
clcn) Perkins, the former of Deerfield and the 
latter of Newburyport. Mr. Perkins, who be- 
longed to Deerfield, and was a shoemaker by 
trade, died January i, 1885. His wife, who 
was a native of Newburyport, Mass., died in 
1847. Mr. and Mrs. Choate have two chil- 
dren: Mary IL, born July 20, 1863; and 
Lizzie M., born January 10, 1865. Both live 
with their parents. Mr. Choate is a Deacon 
of the First Congregational Church, and his 
wife is also an esteemed member of the so- 

RE1:D L1:WIS, the well-known 
horse dealer and auctioneer of Unity, 
was born in Marlow, N. IL, July 
10, 1837, son of Gilbert and Orrilla H. (Hunt- 
ley) Lewis. His grandfather, Dudley Lewis, 
was a prosperous farmer and lifelong resident 
of Marlow. Gilbert Lewis was born and 
reared in Marlow. In 1S39 he moved to 



Goshen, where he conducted a store, and re- 
mained three years. In 1S43 he hicated in 
East Unity, and was there engaged in farming 
for some time. His last days were passed on 
a farm in Unity Centre, where he died No- 
vember 16, 1S72, aged sixty-two years. His 
wife, Orrilla, who was born in Duxbury, Vt., 
daughter of the Rev. Isaiah Huntley, became 
the mother of three, children, namely: C. 
Reed, the subject of this sketch; Corrinna O., 
now the wife of Thomas T. Smith, who is a 
watchmaker, and resides in Canton, Ohio; 
and Nathan G., who died June 19, 1862, 
aged seventeen years. Mrs. Gilbert Lewis 
was eighty-one years old when she died, April 
20, 1S93. 

C. Reed Lewis was educated in his native 
town. At the age of nineteen he went to 
Dicorah, la., where he bought a farm, and re- 
mained a year. He next went to Oneida, 
111., where he was employed as a farm assist- 
ant for the same length of time. After his 
return to New Hampshire he purchased a 
farm near the village of Lhiity. He occupied 
that property until 1889, during which time 
he attained prosperity as a general farmer and 
stock dealer. Then selling it, he bought the 
Gilman place, where he now resides. This 
estate contains three hundred and fifty acres, 
which for the most jiart are under cultiva- 
tion. In addition he owns some outlying 
land. The greater part of his time is given to 
auctioneering and the buying of horses, which 
are shipped to him from Boston. 

In March, 1856, Mr. Lewis married Ilattie 
E. Sleeper, daughter of John and Caroline 
Sleeper, of Unity. Mrs. Lewis is the mother 
of three children, namely: Nellie, born in 
June, 1862; Olive, horn in May, 1870; and 
I'jiiily, born in May, 1872. Nellie was edu- 
cated in Claremontj N. IL, and is now teach- 
ing school. Olive is the wife of Charles 

Hoffman, a plumber of Windsor, Vt. I'Lmily 
is employed by the Falls Mountain Paper 
Company at Bellows P'alls, Vt. In politics 
Mr. Lewis supports the Democratic party, and 
he served as Collector of Taxes for four years. 
He is widely known throughout this section 
for his energy and business ability, and he has 
the confidence of his many friends and ac- 

ESSP: W. S. MOON, a retired farmer, 
living in the village of Bradford, was 
born in Hopkinton, -St. Lawrence 
County, N.Y., August 12, 1845. His par- 
ents, Jesse and Sophia (Barker) Moon, are 
well known in Bradford through their frequent 
visits to their son. Mr. Moon was reared on 
a farm, living with his parents until De- 
cember 30, 1863, when he enlisted for service 
in the Civil War in the l^leventh New York 
Cavalry as a recruit, joining his regiment in 
Washington soon after. He served in the 
South, mostly in New Orleans. In the spring 
of 1864 he did guard on various plantations 
lying along the Mississippi, being for some 
months at Baton Rouge. He was honorably 
discharged May 16, 1865, at Memphis, Tenn. 
Returning to New York State, Mr. Moon 
was employed on the old homestead for a few 
years. In December, 1869, he went to Boston 
to work. While there he bought his i^resent 
farm in Bradford, of which he took possession 
in July, 1874. His estate comprises two hun- 
dred and fifty acres of tillage and timber land 
antl five hundred acres of pasture. He has 
carried on mixed farming, paying much atten- 
tion to dairying, having a fine herd of thirty 
full-blooded Ayrshire cattle, which he con- 
siders tlie best milk producers. By remodel- 
ling and re])airing the dwelling, and erecting 
new and commodious barns and out-buildings, 
he has made his tarni one ol the best ap- 

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pointed properties in the vicinity. Recently 
lie removed to the villaj,'e, where he and his 
l.imily an; re^;ar(ie(i as a most desirable ae<|ni- 
sitiim to tiie community. In politics he has 
l)eeii a lifelong Republican, and has always 
voted the Republican ticket. While he is not 
an olTice-secker, he has served as .Selectman. 

On January 10, 1867, at Hurlington, Vt., 
Mr. Moon married Miss Susan V. Delano, who 
was born in i )n.\bury, Mass., daughter of 
Mclzar 1'. and Susan V. (I-aiglish) Delano. 
Ilcr father, who was a cousin of Columbus 
Delano, came of French ancestry, his progeni- 
tors in I'rance having borne the name of 
d'Lanoi. He was a cooper and graver in his 
early years, working at his trade in Boston 
and Medford, Mass. Afterward he removed 
to New York City, where he was engaged as a 
lumber dealer until his death. While in New 
York he bought a farm in Vermont, where he 
antl ills family could spend their summers free 
from the heat and dust of the city. During 
one of their periodical stays at the farm his 
daughter Susan first mot her future husband. 
Ml', and Mrs. Moon have four daughters; 
namely, I'annie A., Emily R., Susie M., and 
Lizzie K. Susie has taught school for several 
terms in Bradford. Lizzie E. , who is an ac- 
complished musician, takes especial jiride in 
the possession of a remarkably fine piano. 
Bright, ambitious girls, all are self-support- 
ing. Mr. Moon is a member of Robert Camp- 
hell Post, No. 58, G. A. R. Mrs. Moon is a 
Universalist in belief, but not a church mem- 
ber. She and her family work in harmony 
with the I'resbyterians. 

/ ^TlToRGE H. ADAMS, of Hill, the 

V P I senior proprietor of the Hill Needle 

Factory, was horn at Haverhill, 

Mass., son of the late .Harrison Adams, the 

founder of the needle industry in this place. 
The first of the Adams family in this country 
was I'jioch Adams, the great-grandfather of 
George II. He came to America frcjni Eng- 
land, and settled, first in Newbury, and after- 
ward in Salisbury, N. H. His last years were 
spent in the western part <if the latter town, 
near Kcarsargc Mountain. His son, Russel, 
after his marriage with .Susanna I'Mfield, 
moved to Hill, where a family of eight chil- 
dren were born to him. Of these the only 
survivor is Enoch, who resides in Belmont, 

In early life Harrison Adams was a shoe- 
maker and worked in Massachusetts. Subse- 
quently on account of failing health he re- 
turned to Hill and carried on a farm here for 
about fifteen years. He moved into the 
village proper in 1866, after which he had no 
regular occupation for several years. He then 
started the needle business with his sons and 
others, and afterward retained an interest in 
the concern until his death at the age of 
seventy-five years. He was the second Re- 
Ijublican to represent this town in the State 
legislature, and he served in the capacity of 
-Selectman and in other town offices. A de- 
voted member of the Congregational church, 
at the time of his death he had been senior 
Deacon, for some time. His wife, in maiden- 
hood Margaret Morse, was the mother of 
George H. and Charles F. Adams. 

George H. Adams, the elder son of Harri- 
son Adams, has always been a progressive and 
active man. Educated in the public schools, 
he afterward worked on a farm and then in a 
grocery store at Charlestown, Mass. Subse- 
cpiently, after working for six years on the 
farm of his wife's father, he bought an interest 
in the needle factory, and has made that his 
chief object of attention since. In 1S6S he 
married Miss Abbie Shaw, of Sanbornton, 



N. H. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have had four 
children, of whom ICrving died when a little 
more than three years okl. The others are: 
Mary K., Ahbie J., and iMank \i. Mr. Adams 
represented the town in the legislature in 
iSgi. He is a Mason and is affiliated with 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 
Like his father, he is an esteemed member of 
the Congregational church. In politics he is 
a Republican, and he cast his vote for 
General Grant in iS68. 

Newport, a member of the present 
firm of editors and publishers of 
the A'fZi' Hainpsliiic Argus and Spectator, was 
born in Croydon, N. H., May 12, 1842, son of 
Caleb L. and Rethiah (Tuck) ]5arton. The 
Bartons are descended from luiglish emigrants 
who came to the country previous to 1640. 
They have embraced many who have become 
distinguished in the learned profes.sions and 
in other vocations in life. The great-great- 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch was 
killed at the battle of Bunker Hill, and he 
was a near relative of General ]5arton (jf Revo- 
lutionary fame. The great-grandfather, Ben- 
jamin Barton, Jr., who was born in Sutton, 
Mass., in 1755, also fought for American in- 
dependence at Bunker Hill, Bennington, West 
Point, and New York City. He married Me- 
hitablc Frye in 1779, removed to Croydon in 
March, 1784, and there in tLu'u served in all 
the offices within the gift of his adopted town. 
His son John, an extensive landholder and 
a successful farmer, was distinguished for his 
common sense. Caleb L. Barton, a native 
of Croydon, N.H,, born February 5, 181 5, 
was one of the most successful and substantial 
farmers of that town. He has now retired 
frtjm active business, and lives at ICast Vil- 

lage, Croydf)n. In religion he is a Universal- 
ist. A Democrat in politics, he has been 
Selectman and has served in minor offices. 
His three children, Mrs. Fthan Smith, Sulli- 
van Barton, of Croydon, and Hubbard A., are 
all living. 

Hubbard Alonzo Barton was partly edu- 
cated in the common schools. He was also 
taught in [irivate by the late John Cooper, a 
man of extensive learning and a well-known 
instructor. Early in life he began to contrib- 
ute to the press both in jirose and verse. 
Afterward all the time he could spare from 
his farm occupations was devoted to study. 
He served as Superintendent of the Schools of 
Croydon for seven years in succession, during 
which period the work done by these institu- 
tions was very satisfactory. In April, 1879, 
he antl \V. W. Prescott purchased from Henry 
G. Carleton and Matthew Harvey the Xctv' 
Hampshire Argus ami Spectator, a Democratic 
paper established in 1823 by Mr. ]5arton's 
great-uncle, Cyrus I^arton, who in his day 
exercised a wide influence in the political 
affairs of the State; and he has since been its 
senior editor and proprietor. The firm is now 
Barton & Wheeler, the hitter having purchased 
Mr. Prescott's interest in the fall of 1S80. 
Since Mr. liarton became connected with the 
paper, it has been enlarged several times, 
new and improved printing machinery intro- 
duced, and the circulation of the paper greatly 
increased. The following, from the Ports- 
mouth Daiiy Times, in January, 1S97, .shows 
the estimation in which the pai)er is hehl : 
"The New Hampshire Argtis and Spectator, 
published at Newport, this State, comes to us 
in enlarged size and improved form and in a 
brand-new dress. It has been changed from an 
eight-column folio to a si.xteen-column quarto 
— a change which all its patrons will acknowl- 
edge is an im|)rovenient when tliey get u.sed to 




it, althmi^h it is likely tliiit some of them will 

be (lisplciisci! with it at hrst. 'Ilaliit is scc- 

iiiid nalurc, ' and they are iiscil t<i tiie old 

hlaiikrl siieet. Tho Aixiis is a ticdit to its 

pnjprictors, to its section of tiic State, and to 

the State. Its editorial department lias been 

coiidneU'd with di,i;nity, aliilil)', and fairness; 

and it has L;i\en due aUention to local matters 

and eorrespondeiue from neiyhhoring towns — 

the 'strong holt ' nf a coimtry paper. Such a 

])aper is a [)ositive factor in the progress of 

any district; and we aie pleased to see that 

it is apiireciated by the people of Sullivan 

County, as evidencetl by the large outlay its 

pro|)rietors have felt justilietl in iiicui'ring to 

make their previously good paper better than 


The following poem fioin the ]ien of j\Ir. 

liarton, which appeared in the (Jraiiitc 

MoHtlily, is a sample of his composition in 

verse : — 


My native town, 1 love thee. 

Thy hills and fit- Id.s revere ; 
The Ciod that lules above lliee 

Ila.s slied his lile.ssing.s here. 

Thy rills and mountains teeming 

Willi nature's rich display, 
Thy grand old forest-s dreaming, 

Have pictvires bright and gay. 

I fain with thee would tarry, 

I3ecause thou art so true ; 
Thou seem'st to me a fairy, 

liedecked with heaven's blue. 

On April 27, 1S82, Mr. Ikirtoii married 
Miss VA\a I.. Wilmarth, daughter of the late 
Jonathan M. Wilmarth, a prominent and well- 
known resident of Newport. lie has one 
child, Henry Wilmarth Barton, born Septem- 
ber 16, 1890. Mr. Barton is an attendant of 
the Congregational church. In politics he is 
a Democrat. He has taken an active part in 

Ma.sonic malter.s, and is a member of Mount 
Vernon Lodge, No. 15, A. V . & A. M. ; of 
the Chapter of the Tabernacle, No. M), Royal 
y\rch Masons, and Higii I'riest of the .same for 
two years; and of .Sullivan Commandcry, K. T. 
He has also membership in Newport I^odge, 
No. 42, K. of P. ; in the Granite State Club; 
and he is a Trustee of the Richard Free 
Library. Hesides writing for hi.s own paper, 
he is the correspondent of the New York 
1 1 era Id Un .Sidlis'an Coimty. 

SMON B. WAV, M.lJ., a leading 
physician of Claremont, was born in 
Lempster, N. H., March 22, 1840, 
son of Gordon Way by his first wife, Abigail 
Per ley Way. 

His grandfather, George Way, settled in 
Lempster, removing from the neighborhood of 
New London. George became one of the 
town's most substantial residents. At his 
death he left a large family. His wife, Sarah 
Douglas Way, was a descendant of a noted 
family of Scotland and a relative of the dis- 
tinguished Stephen A. Douglas. 

Gordon Way, son of George, went to Clare- 
mont in 1844 with his family, and there took 
up farming, in which he was most successful. 
Believing that he could not fulfil the duties 
of public office without allowing them to inter- 
fere with his motto, "close application to 
work," he refusetl all appeals from his towns- 
people to enter into politics and public life. 
He was a Trustee of the Methodist church. 
The latter part of his life was passed quietly 
in the village. There were thirteen children 
by his first wife, who died in 1S4S at the age 
of fifty. A lady of superior intellect, she was 
a sister of the wife of the late Dr. A. A. 
Miner and of the wife of the late Bishop 
Osmon C. Baker, LL. D. His second wife 



had no children. He died July 31, 1880, at 
the age of eighty-two years. His daughter, 
Eliza M., now deceased, married O. B. Kid- 
der, of Claremont, and removed to Minnesota. 
Alonzo G. , George O. , Edwin F., Orlo F., 
and Eliza all emigrated to Claremont, Minn., 
in 1854. Alonzo was the first white settler 
of the place, and gave the town its name. 
George, who is a dealer in real estate in Min- 
neapolis, formerly resided in Claremont, 
Minn. His wife was the first white woman in 
Claremont. Edwin is a merchant, and the 
Judge of the Probate Court. Orlo F. is a 
noted farmer in Claremont, Minn. Of the 
other children Lucy A. married the Rev. 
J. C. Hoyt, and resides in New York; Louisa 
M. married Ira Colby, of Claremont, one of 
the first lawyers in the State of New Hamp- 
shire; Evaline married Eliacum Tandy, and 
died in 1848; Emaly died in the same year; 
Perley Fl died in 1847; and the remaining 
two died in infancy. 

Osmon B. Way was a typical farmer boy 
during his early years. Fie was educated 
at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, and 
studied medicine with the late Professor A. B. 
Crosby, M. D. , of Hanover, and the late Dr. 
Nathaniel Tolles, of Claremont, teaching 
school in the meantime. He graduated at 
Dartmouth Medical College in 1865, receiving 
the first prize for scholarship. Later he took 
a thorough course in the colleges and hospitals 
of New York. After practising for a year and 
a half at South Acworth, he returned to Clare- 
mont in 1867, where he has since been busy 
in his profession. Ajipointed United States 
Examining Pension Surgeon in December, 
1873, he resigned the office in May, 1882. 
He represented this locality in the State legis- 
lature in 1871 and 1872. Fie has served about 
fifteen years as Superintendent of Schools and 
nineteen years on the High School Committee. 

He has been Trustee of the Fiske Free Library 
from its inception ; is a Director of the 
People's National Bank, of Claremont; and 
was formerly for many years President of the 
Board of Trade. Dr. Way is a member of the 
Masonic fraternity of the third degree. He 
is a prominent member of the Methodist 
church, has been a trustee twenty-five years, 
and president of the society nearly as long. 
Fie built and now owns one-third of the Union 
Block, the largest and most attractive business 
building of the town, if not of the State. The 
fine residence he occupies in Claremont is also 
his property. Having bought out the heirs of 
his father's estate, he owns the fine farm of 
two hundred acres in West Claremont for 
many years known as the old Way farm. The 
house, which is one of the old landmarks of 
the district, was built by the grandfather of 
the distinguished Chief Justice Salmon P. 
Chase in 1784. The farm is kept well 
stocked, and the Doctor enjoys many an hour 
of recreation in its rural seclusion. In re 
cent years the Doctor has given much time and 
study to the subject of bacteriology and to 
pathological subjects. Fie is also an authority 
on all general diseases, especially all diseases 
arising from germs, to the investigation of 
which he has given special attention for the 
last ten years. Analytical and microscopical 
investigations have also occupied a large share 
of his time. In truth, he has a large reputa- 
tion as a microscoiMst, bacteriologist, and 
pathologist. At the request of the towns- 
peo[)le he often gi\'es most interesting and 
instructive lectures on the results of his in- 
vestigations with the microscope. His genial 
disposition and peculiarly pleasing manners 
make him a fascinating lecturer. 

In 1867 Mr. Way married first Martha L. 
Wightman, who died after one year of married 
happiness. In 1882 Mary J. Wightman, the 

i;|(m;k.\I'1II(AI, la^viKW 


sister iif llic first Mis. Way, liccaiiu- liis wife; 
She luul boon a successful teacher in iiigh 
schdol and college hefnrc marriage. She was 
many )'ears instructur in the famous (iannett 
Institute, iinsldn. This gifted and highly 
educated woman takes the deepest interest in 
the study of bacteriology, and is her husband's 
constant companion and assistant in his re- 
searches. Dr. Way is a self-made man in the 
l)est sense. I'liblic-spirited to a high degree, 
he takes an earnest interest in every measure 
cakidaled to aih'ance the welfare of the town. 

^->i I cessfnl and enterprising farmer (if llop- 
v^jx kinton, was born in Ilennikcr, N. H., 
August 21, 1828, son of James and Lydia 
(Kimball) Connor. His great-grandfather, 
David Connor, or O'Connor, and two brothers, 
all natives of Ireland, were the first settlers of 
the name in the district. The brothers settled 
in I'!.\eter, near Lake Winiiepesaukce. David, 
who took u\) his residence in Ilennikcr, was a 
Revolutionary soldier. His son James, grand- 
father of James M., and who was later in life 
called Captain James, was born in Henniker. 
The Christian name of his wife was Dorcas. 

When the subject of this sketch was three 
years old, his parents came to the south part of 
Hopkinton; and the father died there at the 
age of fifty-eight, having been an invalid for 
some time. The mother survived him for 
years, living to be seventy-five, ami dying at 
her son's' farm. Their children were: Isaac 
K., Harlowe, Lydia, and James Madison. 
Isaac is a mill-owner and carpenter in Warner, 
N. II. llarlowe is a carpenter, ami lives in 
Lancaster, N. H. Lydia is the widow of 
Enoch Danforth, and lives in Hopkinton, near 

James Madison Connor learned the car])en- 

ter's trade, and followed it for several years. 
Afterward he purchased the small farm on 
which his sister now lives, reconstructed the 
buildings, and engaged in farming. The 
added responsibility of caring for his invalid 
father seemed to spur him to greater effort and 
better success. In the eight or ten years he 
spent on the first farm he bad saved one thou- 
sand five hundred dollars. This sum he in- 
vested in a "rim down" farm of one hundred 
acres, which by extensive imjjrovements he 
made a profitable place. llere he has made a 
specialty of the dairy business, keeping about 
twelve cows the year round, and making but- 
ter of the highest grade on a large scale with 
the use of the hand separator and other modern 
contrivances. At the World's Fair his dairy 
products carried off the medal with a score of 
ninety-nine points, while he also received a 
diploma for his disiday. He has often exhib- 
ited elsewhere, and always with the most 
gratifying residts. llis annual product, which 
is from two thousaiul i'lvc lumdred pounds to 
three thousand pounds, is taken by jjrivate 
customers among the best families of Concord 
at the maximum price now of about thirty -one 
cents. His dairy stock is of the Guernsey 
breed, and his cows average nearly three hun- 
dred pounds of butter a year. He has been 
President of the State Dairymen's Association 
since its organization, ten years ago. The 
exhibit at Chicago was given under the aus- 
pices of this Association, they sending a man 
to take charge of it. About twenty years ago 
New Hampshire had no rank as a dairy State; 
but at the Fair it took the lead both as regards 
quantity and quality^ and that in a number of 
competing displays. There are now about fifty 
creameries in the State, a fact that is largely 
due to the work of the Association. Mr. 
Connor is also the President of the Guernsey 
Cieamery Company at Contoocook. A writer 



for the press since he was twenty years old, he 
has been a valued contributor to agricultural 
publications on dairy matters and general 
farming. He has also read papers before the 
Board of Agriculture. He has been a mem- 
ber of Union Grange since its organization 
twenty years ago ; the Master of Pomona 
Grange for some time; a member of the E.xec- 
utive Committee of the State Grange; and the 
chairman of the committee composed of all 
Masters of Pomona Granges in the State, and 
chosen to consider the subject of improving 
the roads. He is a Director and Trustee in 
the Grange Fire Insurance Company, which 
does a large business; and he is Treasurer of 
the Merrimack County Grange Fair Associa- 
tion. The latter, which is a grange organiza- 
tion ex'clusively, holds fairs at Warner, the old 
centre for such enterprises. 

On December 20, 1859, Mr. Connor mar- 
ried Judith M., daughter of Ira A. and Han- 
nah (Muzzy) Putney, of Hopkinton. They 
had four children — Maria P., Carrie J., 
Charles H., and Grace li. The first two live 
in Waltham, Mass., Maria being the wife of 
Frank Kimball; Grace is at home; and 
Charles H., who was born September 24, 
1872, died October 18, 1S96. Charles was 
a bright and popular young man, and his death 
left a sad blank in the community as well as in 
his home. He was elected Master of Union 
Grange before he was of age, and served two 
years. At the time of his death he held the 
office of District Deputy Inspector of the 
Grange. Mrs. Connor died May 9, 1877; and 
Mr. Connor married again Sejjtember 6, 1881, 
taking for his second wife Catherine Hoyt 
Watson, daughter of Joseph G. and Catherine 
(Parmelee) Hoyt, of Newport, N. H. He is 
a member of the Congregational church, and he 
has been the su]ierintendcnt of the society's 
Sunday-school. In jiolitics he is a Democrat. 

RED BEAN, a progressive and skilful 
farmer of Warner, was born September 
30, 1857, in Waterloo, Merrimack 
County, son of William H. Bean. His pater- 
nal grandfather, Daniel Bean, a native of 
New York State, was reared to manhood in 
Newburyport, Mass. Afterward he moved to 
Waterloo, where he spent his remaining days. 
William H. Bean worked at the wheel- 
wright's trade more or less until he started in 
the lumber business in company with his 
brother Daniel. He subsequently purchased 
the mill, and had carried on the manufacture 
of lumber alone for a number of years when he 
sold out in 1872. Thereafter he confined his 
attention to the management of his farm. 
This property is located in the lower edge of 
Waterloo, and is now occupied by the widow 
of his son Walter. He married Mary S. 
Colby, daughter of Philip S. Colby, who 
owned the farm just opposite his. She died 
in 1871, and he in 1892, at the venerable age 
of eighty-one years. They had a family of 
eight children, namely: Philip, who is in the 
hardware business in Concord, N. H. ; Will- 
iam H. Bean, Jr., who was agent at the 
Hillsborough railway station for fifteen years, 
and died in 1S91, at the age of fifty-three; 
Walter H., who was mail agent on the Bos- 
ton & Maine for twenty years, kept a hotel 
in Claremont for a time, and died at Warner 
in P'ebruary, 1S95, at the age of fifty-five 
years; Harriet E. , who resides in Warner, and 
is the widow of Henry M. Seavey ; Sarah, who 
lived but a short time; Charles A., who died 
at the age of ten years; Fretl, the sjiecial sub- 
ject of this sketch; and Mary Lizzie, who died 
at the age of fifteen years. A coincidence of 
dates is noted regarding the births of the three 
older children. The first was born April 24, 
1836; the second, April 24, 1838; antl the 
third on March 24, 1840. 




I'rccl Rcan remained at home until his mar- 
riage, there obtaining a |)ractical experience 
in general agricuituial work. On ()ct(jl)er 15, 
1877, he married Miss Frances A., daughter 
of l'"rancis and Aliigail (Gage) Robbins. 
Innnediately after he moved on to the Rolibins 
homestead, which be has since conducted. 
Mr. Robl)ins was born July 9, 1S15, in Mason, 
N.II. In early life he engaged in the lumber 
business at Enfield, N.ll. 1 1 ere he was mar- 
ried to Abigail Gage, who was born in that 
town, December 10, 18 14. Subsequently he 
carried on the same business in connection 
with farming in the town of Sutton, coming 
from there to Warner in 1873, and erecting 
tiie bouse now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Bean. 
15oth he and his wife continued their residence 
here during the remainder of their lives, be 
dying December 10, 1884, and she December 
31, 1893. Mr. Robbins, who possessed rare 
business ability, was a man of fine appear- 
ance, tall and well iimijortioned,. weighing two 
hundred and fifty pounds. . Besides carrying 
on the grain and lumber business in Warner 
for several years, he was an extensive land- 
holder, owning three farms in Warner and one 
in Sutton. He bought a good deal of land for 
the sake of the timber, raising stock on it after 
clearing it. lie made a specialty of sheep- 
raising, in which be had great success. In 
politics he was a Democrat, and both he and 
his wife were Adventists in religion. 

After his marriage Mr. Bean continued the 
sheep-raising business commenced by Mr. 
Robbins, in addition to carrying on the farm- 
ing. He also superintends one of the other 
farms, the other two having been disposed of 
by him. He keeps a large dairy, which brings 
him the most profit; and he has engaged to 
some extent in breeding fine roadsters. Mr. 
Bean was one of the incorporators of the War- 
ner Glove Factory, and is now a Director. He 

is also a Director in the Farmers' Fair Asso- 
ciation. In Masonry he is quite prominent 
and active. l'"or three years he was Worthy 
Master of Harris Lodge, No. 91, V. & A. M., 
of Warner. He has served as Dictator and 
Deputy Grand in the Grand Lodge; and for 
a year he was High Priest of Wood Chapter, 
R. A. M., of Hennikcr. He has also been 
closely associated with the leading interests of 
the town, having served as Selectman for three 
years, being the Chairman of the Board for 
two years of that time. In 1889 he was 
elected a Representative to the State legis- 
lature, where he was active as a member of the 
Committees on Insurance and on Towns. A 
stanch Republican, he attends all the local 
party conventions. He takes deep interest in 
educational matters, and rendered valuable aid 
to the community as a member of the Free 
High School Committee for a period of three 
years. Mr. and Mrs. Bean have one daughter, 
Stella May, a girl of thirteen years. The 
three members of the fanriily belong to the 
Baptist church. In the society Mr. Bean is a 
Deacon and the superintendent of the Sunday- 


merly a lawyer of considerable note 
-^ V^___, in Hopkinton, was born here, April 
II, 1836, son of Herman H. and Ellen Chase 
(Little) Greene. His only brother died at the 
age of fourteen years; and his only sister is 
now the wife of a Mr. Roberts, of Philadel- 
phia, Pa. After receiving his early education 
in the public schools of Hopkinton and at 
Pembroke and Gilmanton Academies, he be- 
came interested in the legal profession, and 
read law with George & Foster, of Concord, 
and later with Beard & Nickerson, of Boston, 
Mass. On his twenty-first birthday he was 
admitted to the Suffolk County bar. At first 



he practised with Charles E. Pike, afterward 
with Ithmar W. ]5eard and James P. Sullivan. 
Subsequently, on account of failing health, he 
returned to his native place, and did not prac- 
tise for about seven years. On resuming his 
profession he was for a time associated with 
Carlos G. Hawthorne. In politics he was 
an enthusiast, and he held various ofifices of 
trust. He was Moderator of the town meeting 
for over twenty years all together, was Superin- 
tendent of Schools for five years, and State 
Representative in 1881, 1889, and 1891. In 
1 89 1 he took an active part in the debates of 
the legislature, and served on the Judicial and 
Railroad Committees. He was County Solic- 
itor of Merrimack County five years, during 
which period he was obliged to be in Con- 
cord much of the time. In early life a Dem- 
ocrat, he afterward became a Republican, and 
served on the Republican State Committees, 
and generally attended the conventions. He 
was for a number of years Curator of the Hop- 
kinton Antiquarian Society, and was Chair- 
man of the Library Trustees. 

Before he was of age Mr. Greene married 
Miss Frances Adeline Willard, of Hopkinton, 
who was brought up by her grandmother, Mrs. 
Sophia Tebbets. Mrs. Greene died March 2, 
1873, leaving one son, Willard T., now a resi- 
dent of Hopkinton. On September 18, 1877, 
Mr. Greene married for his second wife Miss 
Ansticc Irene Clarke, daughter of Daniel VV. 
and Ruhamah (Cochran) Clarke, of Canaan, 
N. H. Mrs. Clarke, who was left a widow by 
the death of her first husband, married Judge 
Horace Chase when Anstice was but nine 
years old; and they went to Hopkinton to live. 
Mrs. Greene has no children. She still lives 
in the old Greene homestead, the place which 
belonged to the beloved mother of her distin- 
guished husband. Mr. Greene was an accom- 
plished public speaker, ready with telling ar- 

gument and bright repartee. He was versatile 
and quick to discern the drift of legislation. 
The important positions intrusted to him 
showed that he had the esteem and confidence 
of all. For years he was President of the 
State Republican League, and with that 
body attended the Baltimore Convention. 
Throughout his own State he was a noted 
speaker. In making public addresses he used 
no notes e.xcept for headings, and never wrote 
but one address. In his legislative career he 
was associated both in an official and warmly 
personal way with Dr. Gallinger, of Concord, 
the well-known United States Senator. 

Mr. Greene died of apople.\y, March i, 
1896, at the age of si.xty years. He had felt 
that death was impending, and had shortly 
before made the most orderly settlement of all 
his affairs. He was a tall, well-proportioned 
man, in manners affable and courteous, and in 
disposition calm and cheerful. Always a man 
of correct habits, his life was well-nigh blame- 
less. A warm affection existed between him 
and his mother, partly because he was the only 
son left her. He remained with her for this 
reason, and these family ties kept him from 
going elsewhere and opening a law office. 
While he was not a member of any secret so- 
ciety, he belonged to St. Andrew's Episcopal 
Church, of which he was Warden. The latter 
church contains a beautiful family memorial 
window designed by his niece, who is a noted 
artist, Miss lUs'ic Roberts, of Philadelphia. 
He was an unusually well-reatl man ; and he 
had strong tendencies to art, especially to 

■^I'AVELL H. WEBSTER, now a prom- 
inent and affluent resident of Helena, 

L-? x^ ^ Mont., was born November 29, 
1S36, in Henniker, a son of Jesse and Susan 
C. (Newell) Webster. An account of his 



father's life will be found elsewhere in this 
volume. In his youth Newell was known as a 
remarkably bri^^ht lad, showing even then the 
vigor of intellect and strength of character 
inherited from his mother. After leaving 
school he learned the tailor's trade from his 
father, subsequently spending two years as a 
clerk in IJoston. His health failing, a change 
of climate was advised; and, little thinking 
what the future years had in store for him, he 
bade farewell to his friends, and started west- 
ward, arriving in Minnesota early in 1861. 
At Hastings he joined a party engaged in sur- 
veying for a railway, being employed as chain 
carrier. His investigating turn of mind and 
natural desire for knowledge caused him to 
note the transit's record in a book of his own. 
Soon after he became expert in the use of the 
instruments, whereupon the engineer in charge 
placed him in charge of the transit. When 
the surveying in that State was completed, he 
received and accepted a flattering offer of an 
engagement in the same line of business in 
Colorado, where he went in 1863. He was 
subsequently selected to lead an exploring 
party into Idaho and Montana; and he was at 
East Bannack, Montana Territory, when the 
settlement of the district was beginning. 

Deciding at once to locate in the new and 
undeveloped region, Mr. Webster identified 
himself with its interests. Eventually he es- 
tablished himself in business in the future city 
of Helena, where he erected the first frame 
house, fie opened a store for general mer- 
chandise, and was until recent years one of the 
leading merchants of that and surrounding 
towns. Making judicious investments of his 
money, he has accumulated a large property, 
reaching close to the million mark, and holds 
a high position among the most substantial 
and highly esteemed men of Montana. On 
May 21, 1876, Mr. Webster married Miss 

Ella M. Adams, of Helena. He makes an- 
nual visits to his old home, coming here 
nearly every summer, and bringing cheer to 
his aged father before the latter died, for 
whom he entertained a loving and loyal affec- 

■Tf^OSWELL HUNTOON, an enterpris- 
I S^ ing farmer residing in Langdon, was 
VP V ^ born in the town of Unity, this 
county, October 14, 1820, son of Lemuel and 
Sybil (Palmer) Huntoon. Phillip Huntoon, 
born in Wiltshire, England, in 16O4, was the 
immigrant ancestor of this family. The next 
in line was John. Then came Charles, who 
was born October 12, 1725, at Kingston, 
N. H., and died in Unity, May 27, 1819. He 
was a very prominent man in Unity, and he 
served in the General Court of the State. He 
bore arms in both the French and Indian War 
and the Revolutionary War. His son, 
Charles Huntoon, Jr., was born in Unity, De- 
cember 15, 1755, and died January 2, 1838. 
Charles married Maria Smith, of Kingston, 
N.H. ; and their union was blessed by the 
birth of six children — Robert, Jacob, Pollie, 
Maria, Lemuel, and Erastus. 

Lemuel Huntoon was born in Unity, No- 
vember 29, 1793. About the year 1835 he 
came to Langdon, and lived here until his 
death, which occurred November 15, 1878, 
when nearly eighty-five years of age. He was 
a blacksmith by trade, and his years of active 
labor were spent at the forge. He was one of 
the first in this section to espouse the cause 
of temperance and join the temperance club. 
Sybil, his wife, was a daughter of Benjamin 
Palmer. She was born September 20, 1794, 
and died May i, 1874, in her eightieth year. 
They had seven children, all born in Unity; 
namely, Sybil Palmer, Lemuel, Jr., Roswell, 
Joel, Candace A., Andrew J., and Jane. 



Sybil, born February 15, 1817, first married 
Josiah Prouty, by whom she had one child. 
She is now the widow of Rufus Guild, and 
lives in Alstead. Lemuel, Jr., born July 23, 
181S, died April 24, 1891, in Lawrence, 
Mass., where he was engaged in the jewelry 
business. He married Helen M. Cummings, 
and had two children. Joel, born October 14, 
1S23, who is a surveyor and civil engineer in 
Topeka, Kan., married Ellen Richardson, of 
Alstead, N.H., and had seven children. 
Candace A., born July 12, 1826, was the wife 
of Samuel K. Elwell, of Langdon, and had 
two children. Andrew J. and Jane, twins, 
were born February 29, 1832. She died De- 
cember 17, 1848, in her seventeenth year. 
Andrew is a physician in Topeka, Kan., 
where he also conducts a large livery busi- 
ness. He married Lizzie P. Foster, of Wal- 
pole, N.H., and had four children. 

Roswell Huntoon suijplemented a common - 
school education by a few terms at Dr. 
Miner's Military Academy of Unity, teaching 
school during the winters. On completing 
his studies he learned the blacksmith trade. 
Subsequently he took up farming, which he 
has since followed. For eight years he lived 
in Charlestown, N.H.; but for over forty 
years Langdon has been his home. 

Mr. Huntoon married Electa J. l^lwell, 
who was born January 20, 1823, daughter of 
Samuel Elwell, of Langdon. They have had 
three children — Horace R., Marcella B., and 
Harlcy J. Horace R., born in Unity, Sep- 
tember 14, 1843, who was a farmer and tanner, 
died November i, 1865. Marcella B. , born 
in Langdon, December 17, 1847, has been an 
invalid for the past twenty years. Harlcy J., 
born in Charlestown, July 7, 1S56, is in the 
gunsmith business at Bellows P'alls, Vt., and 
is a prominent musician there, playing in the 
band, and acting as jiromptcr of an orchestra. 

He married Addie Parkinson, of Langdon, 
and has three children: Perley H., born in 
Bellows Falls, July 17, 1879; Edith E., born 
December 12, 1885; and Florence J., born 
May 6, 1889. In politics Mr. Huntoon is a 
Republican. He represented his town in the 
New Hampshire legislature in 1875 '^^'^ 1876, 
and was a member of the Committee on 
P'isheries and Game. He is an attendant of 
the Universalist church; and, like his father, 
he has been an active temperance worker. 

ILLIAM TASKER, one of the 
prominent residents of Contoocook, 
was born August 21, 1852, in Pitts- 
field, this county, son of William and Mary 
(Lougee) Tasker. The grandfather, Joseph 
Tasker, and his brothers, John and Paul, re- 
moving from Newington, near Portsmouth, 
were the first settlers of Barnstead. . Paul 
Tasker died leaving no family. Joseph fol- 
lowed the trade of shoemaker. He married 
Sally True, of Pittsfield, at which place they 
both died, he about the year 1878, and she in 
1884. His son, the Rev. Joseph O. Tasker, 
is a Congregational minister at Short P'alls, 
Epsom township, this county. William 
Tasker, Sr., another son of Joseph, born in 
Barnstead, Belknap County, was also a shoe- 
maker. He was a resident of Pittsfield, where 
he died in 1859, at the age of forty, leaving 
one son, the subject of this sketch. 

William Tasker passed his boyhood in Pitts- 
field, receiving his education in the academy, 
and working in a store during his vacations, 
his father's home being in the village. He 
yet owns this place, where his mother still 
lives. Subsequently he worked in the grist- 
m'ill of Weeks lirothers, until it was burned in 
1880. He then came to Contoocook, and 
worked for a year and a half as miller in the 



grist-mill of A. B. VVadsworth & Co., after 
which he returned to Pittsfield, and bought an 
ice business, ;ind conducted it for five years. 
In iS.S':; lie was chosen Selectman, and in the 
following year he was made Chairman of the 
Board. Among several matters of importance 
dealt with by the lioard in the five years dur- 
ing which he was a member, the most note- 
worthy was, perhajis, the opening of a system 
of sewerage in Pittsfield. In 1887, July i, he 
was appointed l)y the ('ouiity Commissioners 
superintendent of the Merrimack County Farm 
at North Boscawen. At that time the farm, 
which contains four hundred and eighty-three 
acres of land, was also the location ol the 
House of Correction. This institution had 
one hundred and seventy-five inmates, of whom 
over forty were insane, all being under the 
charge of the superintendent and his wife. 
He filled this office efficiently, making such 
improvements on the farm as to cause it to be 
regarded as a model for its kind until 1895, 
when a change in the administration of the 
county resulted in his removal. On April 1 
of the same year he and Mr. Rand formed the 
firm of Rand S: Tasker, which has since lieen 
in business in Contoocook. Keeping a stock 
valued at fourteen thousand dollars, they have 
a very satisfactory trade. 

On November 30, 1882, Mr. Tasker married 
liertha L. Osgood, daughter of Abrani B. and 
Lucy (Sargent) Osgood, who was born at 
Loudon, N. II. Mrs. Tasker was in charge of 
the house while on the County Farm, and to 
her efficient management is largely due the 
success of Mr. Tasker's administration of that 
institution. She had been to some extent 
fitted for her arduous task, as from the age of 
sixteen, when her mother died, until her mar- 
riage, she was her father's housekeeper. Mr. 
and Mrs. Tasker have three children, namely: 
Ethel I'rances, born May 15, 1884; William 

Martin, born September 12, 1887; and Lucy 
Ik-rtha, born August i, 1892. Mrs. Tasker is 
a memjjcr of the I'rce Will Baptist Church of 
Pittsfield. Both Mr. and Mrs. Tasker arc 
members of Contoocook Grange, P. of IL 

a well-known public man of Contoo- 
cook, is a son of Isaac and Mary 
(Wyman) Merrill, born October i, 1814, in 
Hopkinton village, N.H. The father, a na- 
tive of Hollis, Hillsborough County, born 
June 15, 1784, was a cooper by trade, and 
worked in Boston, Portland, and Troy, N.Y. 
When Isaac D. was about a year old, the fam- 
ily moved from IIo|)kinton to Hillsborough 
Bridge, where his father was employed at 
his trade. Later, more than si.xty years ago, 
he settled in Contoocook, built the house 
where the subject of this sketch now resides, 
worked at his trade for some time longer, and 
died there, September 8, 1883, aged ninety- 
nine years, two months, and twenty-four days. 
He is well remembered in the community, 
among whom he is still sjioken of as "Boss 
Merrill." He was a man of strong frame and 
good health, industrious and apt to outdo his 
coworkers. Shortly before his death he be- 
came blind; and his last years were spent 
quietly at the homestead with his son, Isaac 
Darwin Merrill. He had three wives, whom 
he outlived. His first marriage was made 
witli Mary Wyman, of Deering, who died May 
31, 1843. She had eight children, si.x of 
whom, three sons and three daughters, reached 
maturity. The eldest, Clarinda, married Jo- 
seph L. Upton, of Contoocook, where she died 
after passing her eightieth year. Her hus- 
band, who was a wheelwright, built their 
house in Contoocook. The second child, the 
subject of this sketch, is the only one of this 



family now living. The rest of the six re- 
ferred to were: Milton Wyman, who did not 
marry, resided with his father, and died in 
1S56, at the age of forty years ; James Madi- 
son, who was also a bachelor, and lived 
chiefly in New York and Boston; Emily, 
who married Alonzo Currier, of Contoocook, 
and died in I^'ebruary, 1896; and Annette, 
who married Levi F. Mason, of Marlboro, 
N.LL, and died in 1S92. 

When ten years old, Isaac Darwin Merrill 
went to live with an uncle, John Smith, on a 
farm at Newport. Here he remained until 
he was fourteen, doing much hard work, and 
often walking back the twenty-five miles from 
Hillsborough after visiting his family. 
After leaving Newport, he worked on a farm 
in Hillsborough, attending school in the 
winter and boarding at home. Having 
learned the cooper's trade, he worked at it 
somewhat with his father and others in Con- 
toocook. When about eighteen years of age 
his father placed him with a store-keeper, who 
was also, at that time, the [lostmaster of East 
Wcare. At the age of twenty-one years or 
thereabout he went to Boston, and afterward 
worked as a hotel clerk there and in Maiden 
for about five years. In 1843, having saved 
about eight hundred dollars, he returned to 
Contoocook, and in company with his brother, 
Miltiin W. , started a store, to which he de- 
voted his attention for several years, although 
it did not prove a very profitable venture. 
From 1853 to 1861 he served for much of 
the time as Postmaster, and in 1843 he was 
made Justice of the Peace. In the latter 
capacity he has served continuously for over 
half a century, doing the greater part of the 
conveyancing of Contoocook, officiating at 
many marriages, and settling many estates. 
Although not a member of the bar, he has 
an extensive knowledge of law, and re- 

ceives the full confidence of those whose busi- 
ness he has conducted. As its Treasurer he 
handled the funds of the town for more than 
thirty years. In 1854 and again in 1856 he 
served in the State legislature, securing the 
incorporation of the local academy, which has 
been of much benefit to the village. His 
money is largely invested in his own town, 
where he owns much real estate. He has 
never married. Now, at the age of eighty-two 
years, Mr. Isaac Darwin Merrill, is a whole- 
souled, genial man, attending personally to 
his numerous affairs, in connection with which 
he visits, with something of his old energy, 
the business centres to which those duties 
draw him. Even at his advanced age he is 
still keen, shrewd, and active. 

l'i:i. WHITCOMB, a resident of New 

London, Merrimack County, for 
-^ V ^ nearly fifty years, was born Decem- 
ber 20, 1822, in Newport, N. H., which was 
also the birthplace of his parents, Parmenas 
and Rua (Hard) Whitcomb. His mother was 
a daughter of Samuel Hurd, a pioneer settler 
of Newport. His father's father, Benjamin 
Whitcomb, removed from Henniker, this 
county, to Newport at an early period of its 

Parmenas Whitcomb was a farmer and lum- 
berman, and heljoed build a saw-mill in his 
native town, living in Newport until his death, 
at the age of eighty-five years. His first wife 
died at the age of si.xty-seven years, leaving 
four children, namely: Kuel; Sarah Ann, who 
was the wife of the late James Emerson ; Lydia, 
who married Willard Morse, of Minneapolis, 
Minn.; and Parmenas, of Hanover, N.H., a 
])rinter at Dartmouth College. The father 
subsecpiently married Mrs. Orpha Metcalf, who 
died a few years later, leaving no children. 



Riiel Whitcomb remained with his parents 
until seventeen years old, wlien he went to 
Croydon to learn the Idacksniith's trade. lie 
served an apprenticeship of three years with 
Dennisiin linniphrey, his father taking his 
wages. Having mastered the trade, he fol- 
lowed it for two years as a journeyman, and 
then entered a .scythe shop in Newport, work- 
ing there for Larncd & Sibley two years. In 
I1S49 Mr. Whitcomb came to New London, 
cii)taining a situation in liie scythe factory at 
.Scytlu'villc. The plant had then been estab- 
lisiiccl but a few years, and was controlled by 
Phillips, Messer & Colby. lie took a posi- 
tion as tempcrer, and remained there in that 
capacity forty years, during which period the 
business increased so that the force of men 
employed was enlarged from twent}'-four to 
fifty. In the meantime there were various 
changes in the firm ; and at the disbandment 
of the organization in nSSq, all of the original 
mcmluMs of the company having died, his 
emplovers were N. 'I', ("ireenwood & Sons. 
The village, which was once quite thriving, is 
now almost deserted; and the jjost-office, in 
which he served during President Cleveland's 
first administration as Postmaster, had its 
name changed in January, 1S96, to l^lkins. 
Mr. Whitcoiub has always been a stanch Dem- 
ocrat, much interested in his party; and he 
has attended the vai ions local conventions 
since a young man. 

Ml'. Whitcomb was married October 31, 
1 84 1, to Miss Samantha R. Crosby, of Croy- 
don. She died some eighteen years later, 
leaving one son, Edwin Kuel, of lilkins. He 
married Nellie Dill, of Gardiner, Me. ; and 
they have one child, Brainard Edwin Whit- 
comb. On January 7, i86g, Mr. Whitcomb 
was married to Miss Lucy A. Woodbury, 
daughter of Judge John and Nancy (Wells) 
Woodbury, of W'ilmot Flat. Judge Wood- 

bury was a carpenter by occupation, and was 
one of the leading Democrats of his town. 
He served in the State legislature four years. 
Mr. and Mrs. Whitcomb have one child, a 
daughter — Bcrnette S. , who is an accom- 
]3lished musician, having taken a thorough 
course of study in music, which she now 
teaches with much success. Mr. Whitcomb 
and his wife are members of the Methodist 
I'4)iscopal church at Wilmot. 

lL\KLi:S O. J'lASTMAX, formerly 
the Postmaster of Claremont, was born 
October 25, 1824, in Lisbon, 
N.H., one of the seven children of Nicholas 
and Hannah (Baker) ICastman. Until he 
reached the age of twenty-one years he re- 
mained with his ])arents, receiving his educa- 
tion in the district schools and the Methodist 
Seminary at Newbury, from which he duly 
graduated. After leaving the seminary, he 
taught schotd for several winters. In 1845 
he left home to go to Windsor, Vt., where he 
remained for five years. Coming to Claremont 
in 1850, he was first employed in the book- 
bindery of the Claremont Manufacturing Com- 
pany. While in their employ he was at- 
tacked by a serious illness, from which he 
never fully recovered during the ensuing 
thirty-five years of his life. This long period 
was one of patient suffering and of noble 
struggle with disease. He was a member of 
the Republican [larty. In 1861 President 
Lincoln appointed him Postmaster of Clare- 
mont. Having entered upon the duties of the 
office on June 17 of the same year, he contin- 
ued to serve until July 11, 1870, a term of 
service distinguished by marked ability and 
faithfulness. He is spoken of as having been 
most accommodating and exceptionally fitted 
for the office. Beginning in 1S72, he by care- 



ful and honorable methods built up the large 
and profitable business of the Eastman Insur- 
ance Agency, which is so widely known. 
While his integrity was above suspicion, his 
agreeable manners made many friends for him. 
Then his judgment was greatly trusted by the 
companies he represented, and he became one 
of the most prominent and successful insurance 
agents of Western New Hampshire. He was 
a director of no less than four insurance com- 
panies of the State, and he was regarded as a 
safe and wise counsellor. 

To quote the words of one who knew him 
well, Mr. Eastman was "a pronounced and 
consistent Methodist. OLiiet in his demon- 
strations, the spiritual and temporal welfare of 
his church held a sacred place in the deeper 
recesses of his heart." In his seventeenth 
year he had joined the Free Baptist church at 
Lisbon; but, on locating at Claremont, he 
united with the Methodist church there. 
He was for thirty-si.x years the secretary of the 
Methodist Society, and for twenty-one years its 
treasurer. Also, for a time he was the Secre- 
tary of Claremont Junction Camp Meeting 
Association. His accounts bespoke faithful- 
ness and accuracy. From the year 1864 he 
was a prominent member of the Masonic 
order. October 4, 1893, succumbing at 
length to the disease which had so long made 
his life one of patient suffering, he died of 
cancer at his home in Claremont. He left to 
the town a perpetual fund, amounting to three 
hundred dollars, one-half of the annual inter- 
est to i)e used in the purchase of books for the 
town library, and the balance for the purpose 
of caring for the family monument and lot. 
He also willed the same amount to Lisbon, 
N. H., his native town, to be used in the keep- 
ing of his father's monument and lot in good 
condition, and for the piu'chase of books for 
the town library. 

On February 25, 1849, Mr. Eastman mar- 
ried Eleanor Jane Carroll, daughter of John 
Prince and Rachel (Powers) Carroll, then liv- 
ing at Cornish, N. H. Her father was a 
grandson of the niece of Aquilla Chase. 
Aquilla Chase, who was noted for his wealth 
in England, fled to this country to escape per- 
secution. Mrs. Eastman's maternal grand- 
father was Ezekiel Powers, of Croydon, N. H. ; 
and her great-grandfather, also named Ezekiel, 
was one of the original settlers of Croydon. 
Her parents had eight other children; 
namely, Susan, Saphronia, Eliza, Salena, 
Alonzo, Amanda, Lysander, and Rachel. 
Susan married J. Wakefield; Saphronia mar- 
ried George Stockwell, of Croydon; Eliza 
married Moody Hook, of Cornish; and Salena 
married Carnovas Gage, of Enfield. Alonzo, 
who was well known throughout the State, 
spent an active life. In 1868 he entered into 
business at Warner, taking his son Edward 
into a partnership that continued for twenty 
years. Then the business was sold, and he 
afterward had charge of the Winslow House 
on Mount Kcarsarge and of the Kearsargc 
House at Warner. An outspoken Republican, 
he never sought political honors; and he was 
much interested in the welfare of his town. 
His reputation was that of a man of high 
integrity and generous impulses. He died 
April 21, 1S94, leaving a widow and two sons. 
The former before marriage was a Miss Mar- 
garet Adams of Warner. The sons are: 
Edward II. Carroll and Professor Clarence F. 
Carroll. Professor Carroll, who is a graduate 
of Yale College, and was formerly a teacher of 
the Normal School at New Britain, Conn., is 
now the .Suiierintendent of Schools at Worces- 
ter, Mass. Alonzo Carroll's first marriage 
was contracted with Mercy Hale. Amanda 
married John (i. Ih^ockway, whose son, Di'. I'"red 
Brockway, is Professor of Anatoni)' in the Col- 



Ic^a: iif T'liysiciniis ami .Siir^enns in New York 
mill a writer of sumo tlisliiiclion on anatomy, 
lie was tiic lirst Mouse Surgeon ol tiie Johns 
IIo|ikiii.s liiispila] al Hailiniore, I\I(1., having 
i)een selected lor that position on account of 
his ahility and sch(darsiii|). He is thoroughly 
versed in iiis profession. To increase his 
knowledge of medicine he travelled abroad 
and studied with an eminent physician in 
Scotland. Colonel Lysander Carroll, of Con- 
cord, N.II., is a strong and inlluential Repub- 
lican and well known in politics. lie held 
the position of Postmaster of Concord for a 
nimibcr of years. Rachel, the youngest child, 
died young. 

(sjYOII-^ !'■ HUNT, a prominent farmer 
and a well-known veteran of Mill, was 
born in ]3orchestcr, N. H., January S, 
iSjfi, son of Jonathrui and Kliza (Holmes) 
Hunt. His grandfather, who was born in 
Lexington, Mass., kept a tavern at the time 
Washington took command of the Continental 
army. Jonathan Hunt was a carriage-builder, 
and also kejit a lumber wharf at East Cam- 
bridge, Mass., until the Lowell railroad was 
built. Pie died at Hopkinton, N. PL, at the 
age of eighty-four years. He first married 
Hannah Larkin, of Lexington, Mass. His 
second wife, in maidenhood Plliza R. Holmes, 
was the mother of John H. Hunt, who is the 
only child. 

As his father was living in blast Cambridge 
during his son's boyhood, John Plunt obtained 
his education in the schools of that town. 
After leaving school he went to sea, and when 
only twenty-three years okl he was master of 
a vessel. Subsec[uently for five years he 
traded on the east and west coasts of Africa. 
During Mr. Hunt's sea life he had some 
thrilling experiences. While sailing in the 
.shij) "United States," Captain Calvin G. 

Worth, the shi|) was wrecked, and the crew 
were without fooil and water for tw(j days and 
two nights. Pinaliy they succeeded ii) mak- 
ing a landing on 'J'ongataboo, one of the 
P'riendly Islands, where they remained three 
months. They then went to Ivia, another 
island of the same group, and were at length 
taken off by a ves.sel and landed on Van Die- 
men's Land, where for four months Mr. Hunt 
did not see a white man. On another occasion 
Mr. Hiuit incurred the displeasure of the 
British government by assisting the political 
exile, William Smith O'Hrien, in an attempt to 
escape from New Zealand. Nine years elapsed 
from the time at which he embarked from 
l^oston before he set foot in that city again. 
During that period he was sailing vessels on 
the Pacific, going as far north as the Sea of 
Okhotsk and as far south as New Zealand. 

At length, abandoning the sea, Mr. Plunt 
l)ecame proprietor of a store in Cambridge, 
Mass., which he kept for two years. Pie 
then sold out; and in 1858 he bought of Sen- 
ator Austin V. Pike a farm in P'raiiklin, 
N.IP, near Shaw's Corner. When the Civil 
War broke out, in 1861, Mr. Plunt enlisted as 
a private in Company A, Captain Sturtevant, 
of the P'ifth New Hampshire Regiment. 
After being discharged from Davis Island 
Plospital on November 23, 1862, he returned 
home and stayed until 1863, when he joined 
the invalid corps. A member of Comjiany E, 
Thirteenth Regiment, he was assigned for a 
time to the Beach Street barracks in Boston, 
and also served in the Provost Marshal's office 
at Concord, Mass., receiving his final dis- 
charge ill August, 1865. In 1863, while on a 
furlough, Mr. Hunt sold his farm in P'ranklin 
and bought the Jonathan Dickerson place in 
the town of Hill, near the Danbury line. 
Having repaired the buildings on the property, 
he has since made it his home. 



Mr. Hunt has been twice married. His 
first wife, Harriet N. Hood Hunt, was the 
mother of two children — Elizabeth C. and 
Mary P. Elizabeth married Frank P. Hill, 
of Portsmouth ; and Mary is the wife of 
George L. ]5atchelder and the mother of two 
children — Willie and Ora Bell. The present 
Mrs. Hunt was Miss Caroline T. Swett, of 
Hill, daughter of John and Sally (Sargent) 
Swett. In politics Mr. Hunt is an Indepen- 
dent. He is a member of the Nelson Post, 
No. 40, G. A. R., of Bristol; and he has been 
Selectman of the town for two years. His 
first Presidential vote was cast in 1856 for 
James Buchanan. 

/2)e()RGE S. bond, a manufacturer of 
\J^ I Charlestown, was born in that town, 
March 2, 1837, son of Silas and 
Alice (Abbot) ]5ond. His grandfather, Will- 
iam Bond, who was born in Watertown, Mass., 
at the age of twenty years came to Charles- 
town, and thereafter carried on general farm- 
ing during the remainder of his active life. 
One of his si.\ children was Silas Bond, who 
married Alice Abbot, and also was the father 
of si.x children, including the subject of this 

George S. Bond was educated in the district 
schools of the town. At the age of seven 
years his father died. When abnut nine years 
old he went to l-'all River, where he worked 
for two years. After his return to Charles- 
town he worked on various farms in Charles- 
town and Acworth for about five years. lie 
subsec|ucntly went to Ikockton, Mass., learned 
the shoe finishing business, and remained 
there until he was eighteen years of age. He 
then went to Syracuse, N.Y., where he worked 
at his trade for two years. In 1856 he re- 
turned to Charlestown and took up the tin 

smith trade. He tiien went to Putney, Vt., 
where he worked for four years. In 1865 he 
bought out the tin store of VV. B. Downer, 
and afterward carried it on for fifteen years. 
On retiring from that business, he bought out 
the violin case manufactory that had been 
established in Charlestown. There was but 
little work done here at first, and he employed 
but one man. Subsequently he had to en- 
large the place, and in 1893 he had forty hands 
in his employment and was using a fifty horse- 
power engine. In that year the factory was 
burned. I^leven weeks later his substantial 
new factory was ready for business. He has 
now a si.xty horse-power engine, and he em- 
ploys from twenty-five to thirty-five hands. 
The factory is said to be the best equipped es- 
tablishment of its kind in the world, having 
a capacity of twenty-four dozen violin cases 
per day. Mr. Bond has dealings with some 
of the largest firms in this country. He is 
also interested in the Charlestown National 
Bank, of which he is the President. The 
community has had the advantage of his ser- 
vices on the School Board for several years. 
He went as delegate to Concord in the Consti- 
tutional Convention in 1889. A prominent 
Mason of P'aithful Lodge, No. 13, he was its 
Master for a period of eight years. In i860 he 
married Mary M. Way ; and they have one son, 
Herbert. That he is now one of the solid 
men of Charlestown is almost entirely the 
result of his perseverance and industry. 

fs^ACOB N. FLANDERS, an inflnential 
citizen of West Concord, N. H., was 
born on the estate which is now his 
home, March 25, 1825, son of Jacob and Hul- 
dah (Abbott) Flanders. His great-grand- 
father, Richard l*"landers, was a large landed 
projirietor of Millville and ownei' of all the 

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water- power in tliat vicinity. He came to 
Concord in the latter part of iiis life, and 
divided liis land among his sons. His wife 
was a T'owler. Ivicharcl's son, Riciiard, Jr., 
was a mill hand and a farmer, and helped in 
clearing the land now owned by his grandson. 
The first crojis had to be stacked in the open 
air witlidut shelter; but later on he built a 
barn, and his sons afterward added to it. He 
lived to be ninety years old. His brother was 
one of the patriot soldiers wlm fought for 
freedom in the Revolutionary War. Richard 
Inlanders, Jr., married Mary Chandler West, 
and they had ten children. 

Their son, Jacob, father of Jacob N., was 
educated in the old district school located near 
the pond ; and after he left school he began 
farming. His life of fifty-one years was spent 
at the family homestead. He was a fife 
major in the old State militia. He was musi- 
cal, had a fine strong voice, and taught sing- 
ing-school here for several years. His wife, 
Huldah, was a daughter of Samuel and Mary 
Story Abbott, of Hopkinton, N. H. She be- 
came the mother of five children; namely, 
Richard M., Lucy Ann, Jacob N., Samuel A., 
and William H. 

Jacob N. is the only one of these children 
now living. He passed his boyhood and youth 
on his father's farm, and, like many another 
who has made his mark in the world, was edu- 
cated in the district schools. Mr. I*"landers 
has a farm of one hundred antl forty-five acres, 
and does a prosperous business in agricultural 
lines. He married Almira B., daughter of 
Jonathan C. and Mary (Dimond) Runnels. 
A tlaugliter Mary, one of the two children born 
to them, died in infancy. The surviving child 
is a daughter named Lucie Ann. 

Mr. Flanders has given much time to the 
stutly of public questions and to the affairs of 
his town. He is well informed on all mailers 

of general interest, and his native qualifica- 
tions for public service were early recf)gni/.ed. 
He has been chosen to serve as .Selectman for 
two years, as Assessor for three years, and 
as a member of the Common Council for two 
years. He has been a Highway Surveyor for 
five yeans, and Clerk of the School Ui.strict 
for thirty- five years. Here he has made a 
record not only for long and faithful service, 
but for great efficiency. Mr. ]''landers is a 
member of the North Congregational Church 
of Concord. His political affiliations arc 
with the Republican party, his first vote for 
President having been cast for Zachary Taylor, 
the Whig candidate, in 1848. 

EMMONS, a successful business 
man of Concord, N.H., who is now 
serving his first term as a State Senator, was 
born in Bristol, Grafton County, this State, 
February 18, 1847, son of Horace M. and 
Maria (Batchelder) luiimons. The paternal 
ancestors have been identified with the history 
of Bristol, N.H., for at least one hundred and 
fifty years; while the Batchelders have been 
inhabitants of Reading, Mass., about two 
hundred and fifty years. 

Gardner 15. Emmons attended the public 
schools, of Bristol in his boyhood, and com- 
pleted his course of study in New Hampton 
Institute at the age of eighteen years. For 
the first two years of his active career he was 
employed in a provision store in Bristol, com- 
ing thereafter to Concord. He subsequently 
established himself in business in Tilton, 
N.H. Returning to Concord in 1871, he has 
since been engaged in the meat provision busi- 
ness in this city. He is half-owner in the 
Concord Coal Company, a Director in the 
Concord Street Railway Company, a Trustee 



in the Union Guaranty Saviny;s Bank, and a 
Director and leading sjiiiit in the Concord 
Cattle Company, the headquarters of which 
are at Miles City, Custer County, Mont. 

In politics Mr. Emmons is a stanch Repub- 
lican. He has served four years on the Board 
of Aldermen, and in i<S89 he was a member of 
the House of Representatives in the legislat- 
ure. In the fall of 1896 he was nominated by 
acclamation for State Senator, and was elected 
by a larger majority than had been received by 
any of his predecessors. Mr. Emmons is a 
voter in Ward Six, which has not been repre- 
.sented in the Senate for many years. 

On November 25, 1869, Mr. Emmons was 
married to Sarah Jane Flanders, of Concord. 
By this union there have been four children, 
three of whom are living: Harry G., a dry- 
goods merchant in this city; Oscar F., who is 
also in Concord; and Ilattie S. For a 
quarter of a century Mr. Emmons has been a 
member of the First Baptist Society, and for 
seven years he has served as a Trustee and the 
Treasurer. He has been connected with the 
White Mountain Lodge, I. O. O. I'". He is 
a member of the Wonalancet Club, the leading 
social organization of Concord. 

ALBERT PEASLEE, an important 
factor of the agricultural and business 
community of Bradford, Merrimack 
County, was born in this town, on the farm 
that he still owns, December 14, 1S45. His 
father, John I'easlee, a son of Samuel Peaslee, 
was a lifelong resident of Bradford. He was 
the Representative of an early settled family 
in New Hampshire, and one whose descentl- 
ants are numerous in Hillsborough County, 
where, in the town of I'elham, they have an 
annual gathering. 

John Peaslee settled on the homestead farm 

now owned by his son, J. Albert, soon after 
attaining his majority, purchasing at first I)ut 
ten acres. As time went on he bought other 
land, made valuable improvements; and at his 
death, which occurred in March, 1884, at the 
venerable age of fourscore and four years, he 
hail one of the most valuable and attractive es- 
tates in the vicinity. He was twice married. 
His first wife was Chloe Ma.xfield, daughter of 
Richard Maxfield, who once owned the village 
of Bradford, then called Fishersfield. She 
ilied leaving two sons — Oliver, now of Brad- 
ford; and William, of Amherst, N.H. — and 
four daughters, namely: Margaret, wife of 
Stillman Parkhurst, of Bedford, N.H.; Minda, 
wife of B. B. Whiting, of Amherst; Hannah, 
wife of Timothy Morse, of Newbury, this 
county; and Sally, who died unmarried. He 
subsequently married Mrs. Betsey Presby Mar- 
shall, daughter of James Presby and grand- 
daughter of Captain William Presby, the first 
settler in Bradford. Her first husband, Silas 
Marshall, left her a widow with several chil- 
dren, as follows: William P., of Boston; 
l^zekiel H., also of Boston; Kendall W. , a 
former resident of Bradford, who died in 1892; 
Clara M. (deceased), who married B. W. P'air- 
banks, of Manchester; and Elizabeth M. (de- 
ceased), who was the wife of the late David 
Shattuck, of Cambridgeport, Mass. Of John 
Peaslee's second union there was but one 
child, J. Albert, the special subject of this 
sketch. Mrs. Betsey P. M. Peaslee survived 
her husband but a short time, dying on the 
home farm in June, 1885, aged eighty-three 

J. Albert I'easlee was reared on his father's 
farm, which he began managing when but 
twenty-one years old. Some years later his 
parents, who continued to live with him, gave 
him a deed of the estate. In his early mature 
life he s[)ent one year in Boston; but he after- 

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ward carried on the old home until 1S78, 
when he look charge of the county farm at 
Nortii Hoscavvcn, just after the old l>uildings 
had heen destroyed by fire. He superintended 
the erection of new buildings, and remained 
there four yc;irs. lie was then elected a 
County Commissioner. The suiicrinteiident 
who succeeded him at the county farm not 
proving satisfactory, he was asked by the 
Hoard, of which lie was a member, to again 
take the position. lie acconlingly returned 
to North Hoscawen, and stayed there until his 
term of office as Commissioner had expired. 
In 1885 he went back to the ancestral home- 
stead, where he was actively engaged in gen- 
eral farming, dairying, and stock-raising, 
until about three years since, when he removed 
to the village, although he has the oversight 
of his farm still, lie cuts one hundred tons 
of hay each year, and kee[)s from forty to fifty 
cows, raising his own "stock Ironi thorough- 
bred llolsteins, which he was the first to in- 
troiluce into the town. This farm is particu- 
larly well adapted to cultivation, being well 
watered and remarkably free from rocks, his 
father having been obliged to haul the stones 
used in building twenty-five hundred rods of 
wall the distance of a mile. 

The Bradford and Newbury b'air Associa- 
tion has held its annual fairs on his farm since 
1S75, fifty acres lying in a valley, about one 
and one-half miles west of the village, being 
a[>|)ropriate(l to its use. These grounds, of 
which Mr. Peaslee is the superintendent and 
treasurer, are well improved, having fine 
stables, water - works, a three-story grand 
stand, and a half-mile regulation track, the 
whole being one of the best and most complete 
fair grounds in the State. Colonel Tajipan, 
President of the Association the first twelve 
years, was one of the prime movers in secur- 
ing this advantageous location, working for it 

in company with Alburton I'easlee, Albert Jj. 
ICaton, and John h'armer. Hiram Cheney, its 
second President, held the ofiTice si.x years, 
and was then succeeded by Jonathan Rowe, of 
Newbury, who is now holding the oflTice. The 
first twenty years this was a free fair; but of 
late years all excepting exhibitors have been 
charged an admission fee, and no premiums 
have been given, though a few awards arc 
made each year. These fairs, usually held 
the last of September, draw people from miles 
around, being the event of the season, the vis- 
itors numbering from three thousand to seven 
thousand. There is always a fine exhibition 
of fancy stock, and in 1896 si.xty-three trotters 
were entered. 

Mr. Peaslee has served as Selectman several 
terms, having been Chairman of the Hoard 
part of the time. He has also been a member 
of the School Board, and has held every other 
township office, including that of Moderator, 
in which position he has served some twelve 
years. In 1S85 he represented the town in the 
legislature, serving on the Committee on 
Roads and Bridges, and on Appropriations. 
He is the Bradford representative of the Mer- 
rimack County Fire Insurance Company, and 
for twenty-five years has been Justice of the 
Peace. lie is an active politician, supporting 
the principles of the Democratic party, attend- 
ing all campaign meetings, where he not infre- 
quently makes neat little speeches. He was 
made a Mason in .St. Peter's Lodge, l*". & 
A. M., thirteen years ago, and has for some 
time been its Secretary. He is a fine musi- 
cian, has been a member of the church choir 
since a boy, and is often asked to sing at 

On November 22, 1871, ^Ir. Peaslee mar- 
ried Maria R. Smith, who was born in New 
London, N.H., November 24, 1841. Her 
father, Ira Smith, was born in New London, 



January i6, 1799; and he there married June 
27, 1S22, Amanda Dow, who was born in New 
London, September 21, 1799. In 1862 Mr. 
and Mrs. Smith settled in the village of Brad- 
ford, where his death occurred a few years 
later, August i, 1S67, and hers, August 2, 
1883. Of their four children Mrs. Peaslee is 
the only survivor. Her brother James F., a 
boot and shoe dealer, died in Woonsocket, 
R.I., at the age of fifty-two years; her sister, 
Mary E., died at the age of thirty, unmarried; 
and her brother Nahum W. , who was prin- 
cipal of the high school in Woonsocket, R.I., 
died there when but twenty-four years of age. 
Mr. and Mrs. Peaslee have had one daughter, 
Lura AL Peaslee. She was born March 12, 
1874, and died F"ebruary 10, 1897, at the age 
of nearly twenty-three years. She was a 
young lady of an unusually gentle and lovely 
character, and the high esteem and love in 
which she was held were testified to by the 
large number of her acquaintances, both old 
and young, who paid their last respects by 
attendance at her funeral, and by the kindly 
visits of sympathizing friends at the home. 

MOS RICHARDSON, an influential 
resident of Cornish, was born here, 
November 27, 18 17, son of Amos 
and Sophia (Cummings) Richardson. He is 
a descendant of Dr. Amos Richardson, who 
was a physician of note in Pelham, N.H. Dr. 
Amos's son, Joseph, was grandfather of the sub- 
ject of this sketch. Joseph's children were: 
Miriam, Joseph, David, Josiah, Sarah, Mercy, 
Rebecca, and Amos. Miriam, now deceased, 
was the wife of Joshua Wyman, of Pelham, 
and the mother of seven children; Joseph mar- 
ried Polly Hilliard, of Cornish, and had a 
family of twelve children; David, now de- 
ceased, married Sarah l'"ord, and was the father 

of seven children; Josiah, wb.o was unmar- 
ried, is deceased; Sarah marrieil John Ilug- 
gins, and is now deceased ; Mercy, who mar- 
ried Aaron Hibbard, had no children, and is 
now deceased; Rebecca, who never married, 
lived to be eighty-two years of age. 

Amos Richardson, Sr. , a native of Pelham, 
born in November, 1785, moved to Cornish 
with his parents when only four years of age. 
After finishing his education, which was ob- 
tained in the town schools, he went to Massa- 
chusetts; but after a while, at the urgent re- 
quest of his parents, he came back to carry on 
the farm, the present homestead of his son. 
He was very prominent in the town, and was 
much interested in town affairs. He was Tax 
Collector for a number of years, also Select- 
man ; and he was a candidate for the legislat- 
ure. In politics he was a Federalist. Of a 
religious disposition, he was Deacon of the 
Baptist church for many years. He married 
Sophia Cummings, who bore him eight chil- 
dren — Sarah, Amos, Louisa, William, 
George, Cummings, Cordelia, and Charlotte. 
Sarah is the wife of the Rev. Jonathan Her- 
rick, of Troy, N.H. Louisa is deceased. 
William served in the Civil War, and, while 
on his way home, died of sickness in New 
York City. George, Cordelia, and Cum- 
mings are also deceased. Cummings was in 
California when he died. 

After receiving his early education in the 
schools of the town and in Kimball Academy, 
Amos Richardson, the subject of this sketch, 
studied in the medical department of Dart- 
mouth College for about two years. Later he 
abandoned the study of medicine and began 
teaching. Afterward he went to I^'lorida, and 
entered a mercantile business, remaining there 
for a number of years. From P'lorida he re- 
turned to the homestead on learning that his 
parents' health was failing, and he lias resided 



there since. Mr. Richardson at once tooiv a 
prominent place anioni;' the citizens of his na- 
tive town, anil is still Ui lie lunnd at the Front 
in all movements for jjrogress or reform. He 
has heen Town Treasurer of Cornish. His 
unqnestionahle intej,nity and many amiable 
(|ualities have trained for him not only a large 
circle of personal friends, hnl the confidence 
of the business community. He attends the 
Haptist church, and is an active h'ree Mason, 
an Otld l'\ lliiw, and a member of the grange. 

Mr. Richardson has been twice married. 
His first wife, -Salome Richardson, bore him 
two children -— Sidney K. and l''nink. The 
present Mrs. Richardson was before her mar- 
riage Sarah J. Hilliard. She is the mother of 
three children — Fred 11., Flora, and Nellie. 
Sidney Richardson, b(irn June 2g, iiS46, was 
educated in the town schools and at Kimball 
Academy. After leaving school he learned 
the machinist's trade at Lebanon, N.H., and 
worked at that until his health gave out. He 
then had charge of the toll bridge at Windsor, 
Vt., for four years. After that he bought the 
laini where he is now living. He was in the 
late war for two years; and, like so many of 
the brave men who risked their lives in de- 
fence of the Union, he came back with shat- 
tered health. b'or the past nine years he has 
been Ta.x Collector. He is a member of the 
Grand Army and the grange, and has held 
offices in these orders. He married Ella 
Sturtcvant, and has two children — Henry and 
Charles. Henry, born September 19, 1873, 
at l^randon, Vt., was educated at Kimball 
Acatlemy and in Dartmouth C(dlege. He is 
now a teacher of the high school at VValpoIe, 
N.H., and a very popular young man in that 
town. Charles, born May 9, 1886, is still in 
school, b'rank, the second son of Mr. Amos 
Richanlson, was in California for a number of 
years, and is now with his father carrying on 

the extensive farm. I'rcd H., another son, 
born (Jctober 1, 1859, niarrietj (jertrude 
ilaven, and is one of the officials of the .Stale 
Prison at Windsor, Vt. l'"lora, born in i8f5i, 
died in 1886. Nellie is the wife of Kliner li. 
York, a successful school teacher of Cornish. 

fffjYAMI'.S !■:. J5ARNAK1J is a lawyer of 
pmminence at I'Vanklin, N.II., his na- 
tive place. He was born on January 
29, 1863, son of the Hon. Daniel and Amelia 
(Morse) Barnard. 

His father, Daniel liarnard, was born Janu- 
ary 23, 1827, in Orange, N.H. Naturally of 
a studious turn of mind, as a youth he attended 
the academy in winter, and worked on his 
father's farm in the summer months. He sub- 
sequently taught school in different counties 
of New Ham[)shire. In 1851 he began to read 
law with the Hon. George W. Nesmith, and 
in 1854 he became junior partner in a law firm 
with the Hon. Austin F. I'ike. Mr. Nesmith 
retired from active business in 1863; and Mr. 
Barnard withdrew from the connection he had 
formed, and started out for himself at Frank- 
lin, where he had a large practice for over 
thirty years. In 1860-62 he was State Repre- 
sentative, in 1S65-66 I'resident of the State 
Senate, 1870-71 member of the Governor's 
Council, in 1872 he was a member of the Re- 
publican Committee that met in convention at 
Philadelphia, I'a., in 1867 he was County So- 
licitor, and in 1872 he was re-elected to that 
position. He was a Trustee of the Franklin 
Savings Hank, and was a Director and also 
Vice-Fresident of the Franklin National Hank 
of Franklin Falls. He was appointed At- 
torney General in 1887, and held the office 
until his death. His reputation as a lawyer 
was very high, and he was identified with all 
the leading enterprises in Franklin. He and 



his wife were tlie parents of seven cliildren: 
William M. ; Emma S. ; Mary A.; James E., 
the subject of this article; Daniel, Jr., who 
died in infancy; Charles Daniel; and Frank 
E. The first-born, William M., was gradu- 
ated at Dartmouth College in 1S76, and was 
for many years in partnership with his father 
in a law office. He died in 1S86, aged thirty 
years. Emma S. became the wife of Captain 
Samuel Pray, of Newtonville, Mass., formerly 
commander of a vessel and now a commission 
merchant. Mary A. married Fred H. Daniell, 
superintendent of the Sulloway Hosiery Mills 
in Franklin. Charles D. married Jennie An- 
derson, and is a real estate dealer in Chicago, 
111. Frank E. is a lawyer in Boston, Mass., 
and has an office in the Globe Building. The 
Hon. Daniel Barnard died January 10, 1892; 
and his widow, Mrs. Amelia M. Barnard, sur- 
vives him, making her home among her chil- 

James E. Barnard was fitted for college at 
the Franklin High School, and took a two 
years' course at Dartmouth, receiving his de- 
gree in 1886. He then went on a sea voyage 
to Australia, China, and the East, being away 
for two years. This greatly improved his 
health; and on his return he engaged in the 
Franklin National Bank as General Assistant, 
where he remained about two years. For one 
year after that he was in the National Bank of 
the Republic in Boston; but at the time of 
his brother's death he returned home, and 
commenced to read law with his father. 
Later on he attended f^oston University Law 
School. He was graduated in 1890, admitted 
to the bar in July, 1890, and began practice 
with his father. He continued thus until his 
father's death, and since that time he has car- 
ried on the business by himself. He is agent 
for several fire and life insurance companies. 
Mr. ]5arnard is connected with tiie l^piscopal 

church, and is a member of the following Ma- 
sonic societies: Meridian Lodge, No. 60, F. 
& A. M., and St. Omer Chapter, No. 22, 
R. A. M., in Franklin; Mount Horeb Com- 
mandery, K. T., at Concord, N.H.; also Ed- 
ward A. Raymond Consistory at Nashua, in 
which he has taken the thirty-second degree. 
He is also a member of the Knights of Pyth- 
ias, St. Andrew's Lodge, No. 21, of Franklin. 
He is clerk of the Franklin Library Asso- 
ciation and of the Odell Band, is President 
of the Franklin Republican Club, Justice of 
the Peace, and Notary Public. In March, 
1893, he was appointed Justice of the Police 
Court of Franklin, which position he still 

Mr. Barnard was married June 18, 1 891, to 
Maude Redwood, of Fort Wayne, Ind. She is 
the daughter of P'rederick Redwood, a former 
mill superintendent at Andover, Mass., and 
was born July 14, 1864. Mr. Barnard is one 
of the leading young men of P'ranklin, and 
promises, like his father, to make his mark in 
the world. 

RISH, of Concord, N.H., the pres- 
ent Deputy State Treasurer, was 
born in Boscawen, N. H., September 27, 1839. 
His parents, Calvin and Ann S. (Fifield) Ger- 
rish, were both lifelong residents of Merri- 
mack County. Major Gerrish is a descendant 
of Colonel Henry Gerrish, one of the early 
residents of Boscawen, who was an officer dur- 
ing the war of the Revolution, serving as 
Lieutenant-Colonel in Colonel Stickny's 
regiment, and was present at the battles of 
Bennington and Saratoga. Colonel Gerrish 
was one of the leading citizens of his town 
and State, holding many positions of trust 
and responsibility, being conspicuously iden- 
tified witli i>uhlic alfairs in the early history of 


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the State, llis son Jacob was for many years 
a well-known, public-spirited citizen of the 
town and a large land-owner. Calvin Ger- 
rish, the father of Major Gerrish, was a farmer 
and mechanic, and was at one time promi- 
nently connected with the State militia. He 
died January 31, 1890. 

Major Gerrish attended the public schools 
at I-'ranklin, I'enacook, and Concord, but at the 
age of fifteen entered the employ of the Con- 
curd Railroad, continuing thus engaged until 
the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted 
as a private in Company B of the Second New 
Hampshire Regiment, then commanded by 
General Gilman Marston, and was mustered 
into service in June, 1861. November 3, 
1861, he was rclicvetl from duty with his regi- 
ment, and placed on detached service at the 
headquarters of General Joseph Hooker, Com- 
mander of the Second Division, Third Corps, 
where he remained until after the battle of 
Gettysburg, when he was ordered to Point 
Lookout, Maryland. The May following he 
was appointed a Lieutenant, and assigned to 
duty on the staff of General 1^. A. Hincks, 
going from Point Lookout to City Point, Va. 
In June of the same year he was appointed As- 
sistant Chief Quartermaster and Aide on the 
staff of Major-general W. H. Smith, then 
commanding the Eighteenth Army Corps, 
Army of the James. Upon the reorganization 
of that army he was appointed to the same po- 
sition on the staff of the Twenty-fourth Corps, 
with the rank of Captain. The corps was 
commanded in turn by Major-generals E. O. C. 
Ord, John Gibbons, and Godfrey Weitzel, all 
of wdiom are now dead. Major Gerrish re- 
mained on this staff until after Lee's surrender 
at Appomattox, when he brought the flags of 
the surrendered army to Richmond, Va. He 
was brevetted Major, and was soon after pro- 
moted to the full rank of Major, and assigned 

to duty on the staff of Major-general Charles 
Devens, then in command of the Department 
of North-eastern Virginia, and was stationed 
at Fredericksburg, Va. In August, 1865, he 
was mustered out of the army. During his 
term of service he was at the battle of 
the first Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Malvern 
Hill, Chancellorsvillc, Gettysburg, Fort Har- 
rison, Petersburg, and at Appomattox, and was 
in many other minor engagements. With one 
exception his promotions came from recom- 
mendations made by Major-generals of the 
regular army with whom he served. After 
the surrender at Appomattox he was placed in 
charge of the railroad from that place to I'arm- 
villc, and kept busy bringing the sick and 
wounded to the latter place and carrying sup- 
plies to the front. 

In 1866 Major Gerrish returned to New 
Hampshire, and was employed here and in 
Massachusetts in railroad offices, going there- 
after to Texas. In 18S0 he entered the em- 
ploy of the John A. White Machine Company 
of Concord, remaining ten years. In June, 
1 89 1, he was appointed Deputy State Treas- 
urer, which position he still holds. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. On August 26, 
1865, at Concord, he was married to Edith A. 
Eaton, of Concord. They have had four chil- 
dren, only one of whom is living, Blanche 
May Gerrish. 

port, N.H., President of the New- 
port Savings Bank, a position which 
he has held more than twenty years, is a 
printer by trade, and was for a period of about 
forty years one of the editors and publishers 
of the XcTu Hampshire Argus and Spectator at 
Newport, N. H., the firm name being Carleton 
& Harvey. He has held the office of Regis- 
ter of Deeds and of Probate for the County of 



Sullivan, and has been a member of the legis- 
lature. He was elected a Director of the First 
National Bank of Newport at its first annual 
meeting after its organization in January, 
1854, and has been annually re-elected since 
that year, a period of more than forty-six 
years. We are indebted to this gentleman, an 
active-minded octogenarian with a wealth of 
memories, having been born in 1S13, who 
takes an intelligent interest in genealogical 
matters, for the following carefully jjrepared 
sketch of the Carleton family, the facts, he 
says, being mostly derived from Iliram Carle- 
ton, formerly of Montpelier, Vt., a graduate 
of the U. Vt. , lawyer. State's attorney, 
Judge of Probate, and President of Vermont 
Historical .Society; and Mrs. Augusta II. 
Worth in, of Lynn, Mass., a devoted searcher 
of family history. The name of Carleton is a 
variation of "de Corlarton. " This would 
seem to indicate a French origin about four 
hundred and fifty years ago. The emigrant 
ancestor and first of the name in New ling- 
land was luhvard Carleton, born in England in 
1600. He was of the company of the Rev. 
Ezckiel Rogers, and settled in Rowle}', Mass., 
in 1639, was made freeman in i''>43, was 
member of the General Court several years, 
and returned to England before 1656. On the 
pages of history ajipear the names of Dudley 
Carleton, the English Ambassador to Ger- 
many, who was created Viscount Dorchester, 
and of Sir Guy Carleton, Governor of Canada, 
who was in command of the British forces 
when Generals Arnold and Montgomery made 
their attack upon Quebec, where the brave 
Montgomer)' fell, the American army then 
being driven out of Canarla. After the defeat 
of tlu! Prilish army at ^'orktown, Va., in 
1 78 1, the last battle of the Revolution, he was 
appointed Commander-in-chief of the ]5ritish 
arm}-, to jneiiare the way for a treaty of peace. 

He was created Lord Dorchester, and ilied in 
England in 1808. 

John Carleton, son of Edward, born in Eng- 
land about 1630, was sent to America by his 
father to settle up his affairs, as he was a man 
of property. He settled in Haverhill, Mass., 
in 1661, and after holding several important 
positions in that town died January 22, 166K. 
P'rom him have descended nearly all by the 
name of Carleton in New lingland. He had 
four sons — John, Jr., Joseph, Edward, and 
Thomas. The last-named, Thomas, born in 
1667, died in 1734, lived in Bradford, Mass., 
and had four sons — Thomas, George, Ebene- 
zer, and John. The latter was the great- 
grandfather of the writer of this sketch. He 
was born July 29, 170S, and lived in Brad- 
ford and Haverhill, Mass., until 1759, when 
he purchased or built the mills in Billerica, 
now North Billerica, where the large woollen- 
mills in that town now stand. He married 
Hannah Piatt. Their children were: Eliza- 
beth, born November 24, 1733, who married 
Thomas Todd; Hannah, born .September i, 
1736, married Thomas Laws; John, born May 
10, 1738; Lydia, born May 26, 1740; Solo- 
mon, born June 26, 1742; Amos, born March 
13, 1744; Anna, born December i, 1746; 
Moses, born September 13, 1749; and Na- 
than, baptized August 22, 1754. 

Moses, the fourth son of John and Hannah, 
married January 15, 1771, Margaret Sprague. 
She tiled July 7, 1782. He married second 
Sybil Shedd, widow of Reuben Shedd. The 
children by the first wife were: Moses, born in 
1771; Sybil, born May 18, 1773; Nicholas, 
born Decembci- 13, 1774; and Henr)', born 
July 10, 1778. I leniy Carleton, son of Moses 
and Margaret (Sprague) Carleton, married 
first Polly Greeley, born July 17, 1786; and 
after her death, which occurred December 3, 
1842, he married in Januar)', 1846, Polly 



Tlionipsnii. lie died January 27, 1S64. The 
followiii}; is a lecorci of liis ciiildrcn, wlio were 
all i)y his first wife: Sylvia, hmii Septemher 
30, iSo.S, died January 2, 1892. Joseph G., 
Ixirn May 24, 1812, died May 29, 1885. 
ilcni) (Iiiy was horn in Hucksport, Me., No- 
vendicr ^o, i.S'13. Mary II., born l-'ehruary 4, 
iSiC), died March 28, 18S9. Margaret, born 
September 20, 1817, married May 10, 1842, 
Georj^c Alfred I'illsbury. The Margaret 
rillsbmy Hosjiital in Concord, N.ll., takes 
its name from her, being a gift of her husband 
to the city of Concord. lie also gave a 
librar)' building to the town of Warner, N.II., 
and a soldiers' monument to Sutton, N.II., 
his native town. Sarah, born January 13, 
1820, married Solomon Searlcs, had no chil- 
dren, and tlied January 21, 1S93. John, 
born I'ebruary 5, 1822, who died February 12, 
1890, married, and had two children — Emma 
and l{va. Charles C. , born April 14, 1826, 
died May 10, 1830. Sylvia, Joseph, and Mary 
never married. 

Henry Guy Carleton, born November 30, 
1813, son of Henry and Polly (Greeley) Carle- 
ton, married December 12, 1848, Miss Han- 
nah E. French. She was born P'ebruary 18, 
1827, and died June 11, 1856. He married 
second on July 3, i860, Mrs. Mary J. Nel- 
son, born February 10, 1834. The children 
by the first marriage were: Frank Henry, 
born October 8, 1849; and George I'rench 
Carleton, born October 18, 1853, who died 
March 5, 1855. 

l""rank II. Carlett)n is a graduate of Dart- 
mouth College, was a clerk for a number of 
years of the Municipal Court of St. Paul, 
Minn., was private secretary to Governor 
I'illsbury of that State, and was Assistant City 
Solicitor of Minneapolis. He is now a mem- 
ber of the successful law firm of Cross, Hicks, 
Carleton & Cross, of Minneapolis, Minn. He 

married March 24, 1881, Nellie Jone.s. His 
children are: Edwin Jones Carleton, born April 
15, 1883; Henry Guy Carleton, born March 
21, 1885; Ge(jrge A. Carleton, born April 24, 
1888; Frank H. Carleton, Jr., born January 
21, 1893; and Fred P. Carleton, born August 
29, 1896. 

There are others of the Carleton name who 
arc connected with the above. Among the 
number was Captain Osgood Carleton, who 
had the reputation of being a great lunar navi- 
gator and who wrote a book upon navigation; 
also Will Carleton, the poet. The name has 
a good record. 

fs^OIIN W. SEVERANCE, a prominent 
resident of Chichester, Merrimack 
Count)', and an ex-member of the New 
Hampshire legislature, was born February 3, 
1822, in Sandwich, Carroll County, which was 
also the birthplace of his parents, Asa and 
Rhoda (Webster) Severance. His great- 
grandfather, liphraim Severance, was one of 
the pioneer farmers of that town, having gone 
there from Deerfield, N.II. 

John Severance, son of Ephraim and grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, was a life- 
long resident of Sandwich. He was an able 
farmer and possessed considerable mechanical 
ingenuity, which he applied to various kinds 
of handicraft. He took a leading part in pub- 
lic affairs as a supporter of the Whig party, 
aTid served as Tax Collector for sixteen consec- 
utive years. He married Lydia Jewell, and 
had twelve children. The only survivor of 
the family is James M., who resides in Bos- 
ton. His wife, Adeline Randall, died leav- 
ing four children — Eliza, Nancy, Alonzo, 
and Waldo. John Severance died at the age 
of seventy-three, but his wife lived to be 
eighty years old. They were members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. 



Asa Severance, son of John and father of 
John W. Severance, was reared to agricultural 
pursuits; and when a young man he bought a 
farm adjoining the parental homestead. He 
displayed an ability which foreshadowed a suc- 
cessful future; but his prosperous career was 
cut short by his death, which occurred at the 
age of twenty-eight years. A man of excel- 
lent character, he possessed the esteem and 
good will of his neighbors; and his untimely 
demise was deeply deplored. In politics he 
acted with the Democratic party. In his re- 
ligious views he was a I'rce Will I^aptist. 
His wife, Rhoda Webster, survived him many 
years, and died at the age of seventy-seven. 
Two of her children grew to maturity, namely: 
John W. , of Chichester; and Asa, who mar- 
ried Hannah M. Webster, of Sandwich, and 
is residing in that town. Mrs. Rhoda W. 
Severance was a member of the Free Will 
Baptist church. 

John W. Severance attended school in .Sand- 
wich until he was ten years old, at which time 
he came to reside in Chichester. When a 
young man he learned the trade of an edge-tool 
maker, and followed it for a short time in this 
town. He afterward worked in a machine 
shop ia Lowell, Mass., and later, taking up his 
residence in Manchester, N. H., was there 
employed for more than twenty years as a prac- 
tical machinist. Relinquishing his trade, he 
then returned to Chichester, and, settling 
ujion the farm which was ftnmerly the home- 
stead of his wife's [xuents, has since resided 

On November 25, 1841, Mr. Severance 
married Hannah Jane Kaime. She is a 
daughter of Benjamin and Sally Watson 
Kaime, both of whom were natives of Pitts- 
field and passed their last years in Chichester. 
Benjamin Kaime was a blacksmith and a 
farmer. In politics he voted with the Repub- 

lican party, and he served as a Selectman of 
the town for some time. P"or many years he 
was a Deacon of the Free Will Baptist church. 
He lived to be eighty years old, and his wife 
died at seventy-eight. They were the parents 
of twelve children. Mr. and Mrs. .Severance 
have no children. 

Politically a Republican, Mr. Severance 
represented Manchester in the legislature with 
marked ability during the years 1855 and 
1856 and again in 1876 and 1S77. He is 
connected with Mechanics' Lodge, No. 13, 
I. O. O. F., of Manchester, and served as its 
Chaplain for a number of years. He is ac- 
tively interested in the Patrons of Husbandry, 
and was one of the organizers of Catamount 
Grange, of Pittsfield. An industrious and 
successful farmer, an upright man and a useful 
citizen, he is highly esteemed by his fellow- 
townspeople. Mr. and Mrs. Severance are 
members of the I-'ree Will Baiitist church. 


efficient High Sheriff of Merrimack 
County, N.H., was born in Meredith, 
N. H., on P^ebruary 19, 1853. His parents 
were William M. and Lydia (I'ogg) P^dgerly. 
His ancestors, paternal and maternal, were of 
English extraction. Thomas Edgerly, the 
emigrant progenitor on his father's side, came 
to America in 1664, settling near what is now 
known as Durham, N. H. Thomas Edgerly 
was a well-educated man, prominent in the 
early history of New Hampshire, being one of 
the Justices before whom were tried many im- 
portant cases involving the civil and religious 
rights of citizens. 

Frank G. Edgerly acquired a public-school 
education in Meredith, N. II,, completing his 
studies at the age of si.xteen years. He then 
came to Concord and served an ajiprenticeship 



as pi inlii's devil in llic nffirc ol llic htdcpen- 
thiil Dcinocmt, afterward the huUpiiidiut 
StdlixiiKiii, remaining for fourteen years. In 
1883 he started a printing establishment, in 
which ]u; icmtinued as projirictor until 1889, 
when he became a real estate broker. In 
i8(j3 he was aiipoiiitcd Deputy Sheriff ; and on 
April I, i8(j5, lu: became 1 1 igh Sheriff; \vhic:h 
position he still holds, being also Jailer, hav- 
ing been re-elected by the largest vote ever 
accorded aii)' High Sheriff in Merrimack 
Comity. In politics Mr. Mdgcrly afifiliates 
with the Kepid)lican party. In iSSijand 1S90 
he was Representative to the legislature from 

On April i, 1893, he was married to Anna 
M. Swasey, of Lisbon, N. II. They have 
one child, a daughter Lydia. Fraternally, 
Ml'. Mdgcrly is a thirty second degree Mason 
in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites, 
lie is a member of Hlazing Star Lodge, No. 
11, !■■. & A. M., in which he has ofificiated as 
Worshipful Master for two years; of 'I'linity 
Chapter, Ro)'al Arch Masons, which he has 
served as iligh I'ricst two years ; Horace Chase 
Council, Royal and .Select Masters, officiating 
as Thrice Illustrious Master for two years; 
Mount Horeb Commandery, K. T. ; and of 
Aleppo Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, 
of Boston. He is connected with White 
Mountain Lodge, No. 5, I. O. O. ]•"., and 
Concord Lodge, No. 8, K. of P., being Past 
Chancellor, aiivl he is Life Member of four 
organizations: (^rder of High I'riestliood of 
New Hampshire ; Grand Lodge, K. of P., of 
New Hampshire; Grand Council of Royal and 
Select Masters, and Grand Royal Arch Chap- 
ter of New Hampshire. He is also a member 
of the New Hampshire Press Association, the 
New Hampshire Historical Society, and the 
Dcrryfield Social Club of Manchester, N. II. 
In religion he is of the Episcopal faith, and 

is a higlily respected member of St. I'aul's 
Church, of which he is one of the Vestrymen. 

n^ANCIS W. lU.AKi:, one of i'ilts- 
field's successful farmers, was liorn in 
ilampton Falls, N.II., .September 3, 
1837, son of pjioch and Lydia (Smith) l?lake. 
The family is of Pjiglish origin. Its founder, 
Jasper Blake, who came from Fngland in 
1640 and settled at Ham|)ton, N.H., was a 
relative of Robert Blake, the famous British 
admiral of that period. The great-grandfather 
of Francis W. was Jeremiah Blake, son of 
Joshua. He was a native of IIam]3ton l-'alls, 
and a farmer by occupation. He was the 
father of five children, of whom Fnoch (first), 
the grandfather, was the eldest. 

luioch Blake (first) was born in Ilampton 
Falls, and grew to manhood as a farmer in 
that town. He served in the Revolutionary 
War under General Stark. In 1787 he moved 
to Pittsfield, Mild occupied a |)art of the farm 
now owned by his grandson, I-"rancis W. In 
politics he was a Democrat, and in religious 
belief he was a P'rce Will Baptist. At his 
death he was sixty-nine years old. He mar- 
ried Hannah Eastman, a native of Kensington, 
N. H. Of their five children who attained 
maturity Enoch (second) was the eldest. 
Born in Pittsfield, August 22, 1796, he was 
engaged in agricultural pursuits during the 
greater [lart of his active period, and also 
followed the trades of carpenter and cooper to 
some extent. Prosperity rewarded his indus- 
try. In ]iolitics he supported the Democratic 
party. His last years were passed in retire- 
ment, and he lived to the advanced age of 
ninety-one years. Having been a soldier in 
the War of 18 12, he was in receipt of a 
government pension at the time of his death. 
His wife, Lydia, who was a daughter of Jo- 



siah and Bathshclxi Rand Smith, of Chichester, 
N.H., became the mother of five children, of 
whom there are living: Jeremiah, Charles, 
and Francis W. Jeremiah married Lydia A. 
Tilton, of Loudon, N.H., who died leaving 
two children — Mary and Kllen. The first of 
Charles Blake's three marriages was contracted 
with Angeline Carter. He has no children 
living. Francis W. Blake's mother died at 
the age of seventy-eight. Both parents were 
members of the Free Will Baptist church. 

After acquiring his education in Pittsficld 
and Hampton Falls, I'^rancis W. Blake learned 
the shoemaker's trade. At the age of twenty- 
five he moved with his [jarents to Pittsfield, 
where he continued to work at his trade for 
some years. .Since tlien he has been success- 
fully engaged in farming at the homestead. 
He owns one hundred and twenty-five acres of 
well-located land, eighty acres of which are 
under cultivation. He is also quite exten- 
sively interested in lumbering. 

On June 21, 1866, Mr. Blake wedded Mary 
Judkins. She is a daughter of .Simon I?, and 
Catherine (Hoyt) Judkins, of Kingston, N. H. 
Mr. Judkins died at the age of si,\ty-five years. 
He was well known in Kingston. In politics 
he acted with the Repuljlican party. Li his 
religious belief he was a Congregationalist ; and 
he was Deacon of the church in that place at 
the time of his tleath, having held the office 
for twenty-two years. Mrs. ]ilake's parents 
had five children, four of whom are living. 
Her sister Emma is the wife of Joshua Lyford, 
of Brentwood, N. IL, having one son, Henry. 
Her brother John married Sarah Diamond, of 
Danville, N. H., and is the father of two chil- 
dren — Clifton and I'rancis. Lydia B. resides 
on tiie homestead in Kingston with her 
mother. Anna JC. married William J5rown, 
of ]'"remont, N. IL, and died leaving one 
daughter, Katie J. Mr. and Mrs. lilakc have 

four children — L^lizabeth F., Emma A., 
George linoch, and Edna F. Elizabeth F. , 
who was born June 18, 1867, graduated from 
New Hampton Institution, and is now teach- 
ing school in New Hampton, N.H. Emma 
A., born September 9, 1869, graduated from 
the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1891, 
and is an accomplished music teacher in Bos- 
ton, where she has a large number of jnipils. 
George luioch, born July 30, 1878, is attend- 
ing school in New Hampton ; and b^dna F. 
was born June 17, 1888. In politics Mr. Blake 
is independent. He was a member of the 
Board of Selectmen for three years, and he was 
Ta.\ Collector for one year. He is connected 
with Pittsfield Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 
Both he and Mrs. Blake are members of the 
Free Will Baptist church, and he has been its 
clerk for twenty years. 


of Henniker's most highly es- 
teemed residents and a prominent 
Odd Fellow, was born in this town, January 
I, 1824, son of David and Hannah (Haskell) 
Cogswell. His father, who was a son of 
Joseph Cogswell, was a native of Essex, 
Mass., born April 25, 1790. David Cogswell 
learned the blacksmith's trade with David 
Choate in his native town, and worked for a 
time as a journeyman on Cape Ann. He was 
First Lieutenant of a Gloucester Military 
Company during the War of 18 12, and subse- 
quently received for his services a warrant f(u- 
one hundred and sixty acres of land. In 1815 
be settled in Hennikcr, where he established a 
blacksmith shoj) near the stone bridge; and, as 
from forty to si.xty horses were constantly em- 
ployed in transporting goods between Boston 
and Vermont, his shop was for many years a 
favorite place for horse-shoeing and repairing. 



lie continued to carry on business until 1850, 
when he sold the slio]) to his son ; nnd for some 
years allerward he divicK'd his time between 
the for^e and his farm. In 1.S20 he erected 
tiie house wjiicii is now oei.u])ied by David \V., 
and in,' resided in it for nearly fifty years, 
ik'inj;' a man ol It'inper.ite habits, he was 
strong' and vi,noi-ous. At his death, on June 
30, iSfiS, wJiieh was caused by a cancer in IJie 
stomach, he was over seventy-ei<;iit years old. 
(^n January 3, 1X13, he married Hannah 
Haskell, dau^liter of Stephen and Anna 
Haskell, of I'Lssex County, Massachusetts. 
Anion;; her twelve cliildi'en were: Colonel 
I.eandei' Winslow Cogswell, the well-known 
historian of llenniki;r; the late Parsons JS. 
('o<;swell, lormerly edit(M' of the Concord 
Monitor- Diinoiral \ and David \V. , the subject 
of this sketch. She died January 13, 1872. 

David Warren Coj^swell be<^an to assist his 
father in the blacksmith shop at the age of ten 
years. In this jicriod, when working at the 
anvil, he was obliged to stand u|ion a ]ilat- 
form; and his day's labor lasted until nine 
o'clock in the evening. It was his custf)m, 
after performing his share of the forge work 
from .September to March, to spend the sum- 
mer in helping on the farm. He remained at 
home until he was twenty-four years okl, after 
which he was emijloyed for two years in 
machine shops in North Chelmsford and Win- 
chendon, Mass. In 1850, at his father's 
desire, he bought the shop in Henniker; and 
he conducted his trade until iSSi. He then 
rented the shop to other parties: and it was 
subscfiuently destroyed by fire in 1S93, after an 
existence of over seventy-five vears. After 
relini|uishing his trade, Mr. Cogswell, in com- 
pany with his brother-in-law, N. S. Johnson, 
bought land on .Sunapee Mountain, and erected 
a large summer boarding-house, which was 
destroyed by fire some three or four years 

afterward, e lUr^ing a heavy loss to its owners. 
After cutting considerable timber from the 
land, it was sold; and .Mr. Cogswell is now 
engaged in cultivating his farm of sixty acres. 
In the early days of the abolition movement he 
was an earnest worker in the cause. As a 
member of the I'"rec Soil party he supported 
the candidacy of John 1'. Hale for the Presi- 
dency, and he has voted with the Republican 
[larty since its formation. He has been active 
in educational matters. While Deputy Sheriff 
from 1864 to 1874, he induced so many parties 
to settle their differences out of court that 
there was but one trial before a justice in 
Henniker timing his term of ofTice. In 18O3 
and 1863 he was Moderator at town meetings. 
y\t that time these assemblages, about equally 
divided between the opposing parties, were 
continued far into the morning hours; and it 
was difficult to maintain order. A firm sup- 
porter of the cause of the Union, Mr. Cogs- 
well did much toward caring for the families 
of soldiers during the war. When sixteen 
years old he joined an independent military 
company known as the Grenadiers, and was 
attached to it until the new laws did away 
with the old muster days, lie has acted as a 
Justice of the Peace since 1862. 

Mr. Cogswell has been twice married. On 
February 20, 185 1, he wedded for his first 
wife Mary S. Johnson, of Weare. She died 
March 2},. 1859, leaving no children. On 
Decemiier 10 of the same year he was again 
married to Eliza L. Sawyer, who was of 
Ouaker parentage, and resided in Weare. Hy 
this union there arc three sons — -John C, 
l.eander A., and Willis. John C. has been 
Town Clerk for five years; Leander A is a 
shoe manufacturer in Manchester. N.ll.: and 
Willis is a machinist of that city. Mr. Cogs- 
well is a charter member of Crescent Lodge, 
No. 66, I. O. O. F. , and is also a member of 



the encampment. He has occupied all of the 
important chairs of both organizations, and 
represented both in the Grand Lodge and 
Grand Encampment of New Hampshire. He 
is especially qualified for the work of initia- 
tion. Since the organization of the lodge he 
has assisted in introducing every candidate, 
including his three sons, to the mysteries of 
Odd Fellowship. There is probably no man 
in this part of the State who has taken a 
greater interest in the order. His initiatory 
work has been highly complimented by the 
officers of the Grand Lodge. Mrs. Cogswell 
is very active in the Rebecca Lodge. 

IRAAI II. YORK, a well-known 
farmer of Cornish, has always re- 
1^ ^ sided in this town on the estate 

where he was born December 6, 1S23. His 
grandfather, William York, also burn in Cor- 
nish, was prominently identified with the 
Democratic party of the early days. Will- 
iam, in many ways the most prf)minent man 
in the town, was a noted veterinary surgeon, 
whose practice covered an extensive district. 
He was Sheriff of Sullivan County for many 
years. In the later ])art of his life he joined 
the Methodist church. A man capable of 
much physical endurance, he had a remark- 
able constitution, which, perhaps, accounts in 
a measure for his activities in many directions. 
He died at the age of ninety-five years. He 
was twice married. His first wife was Esther 
llilliard York, and his second was Betsey 
Choate York. 

Uriah York, also born in Cornish, was sent 
to the common schools of the town. Later he 
began farm work, in which lie continued 
engaged throughout the rest of his life. He 
married Betsy, daughter of Stephen Williams; 
and their five children were: ]£sther, Hiram 

H., Lavinia, John 0., and Allen. Esther 
became the wife of Mr. Mitchell Coburn, and 
had one child — Willis, who is now a musician 
living at Cornish. Mrs. Mitchell Coburn died 
in 1895. Lavinia is now Mrs. James Lam- 
berton, of Claremont. John O., who died in 
1S91, was a farmer, a mason, and a general me- 
chanic; and for some years he filled the office 
of Highway Surveyor. He was twice married. 
Emmeline Fitch York, his first wife, bore 
him no children. Esther Corliss York, the 
second wife, was the mother of ten children, 
three of whom are living — Hattie, Lillian, 
and Addie. Allen York lived in Cornish 
until he was twenty-five years of age, when he 
moved to Vermont, where he died in 188S at 
the age of fifty-one. He was engaged in car- 
pentering and other mechanic's work, and did 
some farming. He married Lucinda Owen, 
and had a family of ten children. 

Hiram II. York attended the common 
schools of Cornish, and then followed in the 
footsteps of his father by engaging in agricult- 
ural pinsuits. He owns a farm of sonic one 
hundred and thirty- five acres, has always been 
industrious and thrifty, and is now reaping the 
reward of his labors. He married Eliza A. 
Walker, and she is the mother of two children 
— Elmer E. and Ida E. Elmer married 
Nellie Richardson, and has three children — 
Clayton, Amos, and Marion. He has been 
a school-teacher, and is now a butcher at Cor- 
nish and Claremont. Ida married Luman H. 
llilliard, of Claremont, N. H., who is engaged 
in the livery business there. Their cliildien 
are — Mary Eliza and Ruth Iila. 

an enterprising lawyer of Boston and a 
business man of Burlington, la. A 
son of David and Abigail (Perkins) Kimball, 


lie was horn at I'cnilirukc, N. If., i\i)iil 28, 
1S12. His (IcsLX'iit from Micliaul Kimball, 
who married licttic Kuniiulls, came through 
David Kimball of the second generation and 
David Kimball of the third, who married Abi- 
gail Perkins. 'I'he fifth generation is now 
representeil by John Stevens Kimball. Mr. 
Kimball's parents died at Pembroke when he 
was thirteen years old, leaving nine children 
— ]5etsey, Asa, Perkins, John Shackford, Abi- 
gail, Sarah Towle (widow of Timothy Colby, 
of Concord), Joseph, Mary Lewis (widow of 
.S.inniel 15. Wright, of lUirlington, la.), and 
Harriet. Of these Sarah and Mary are living. 
Mary, who was about five years old at the 
death of her parents, subsequently lived in the 
family made famous at that time by the noted 
Prcscott murtler. Perkins, after sjiending 
some time in the jirinting business, was later 
employed in the ]?oston custom-house, and then 
kei)t a store in partnership with J. 1^'rank 
Hoyt in Concord. On retiring from business, 
he returned to Hopkinton, and died there De- 
cember 15, 1876. He first married I.ydia 
Reed Wilde, of Boston, a sister of Joseph 
Wilde, of the well-known firm of Lawrence, 
Wilde & Co., furniture dealers, Cornhill, Bos- 
ton. His second marriage was made with 
Savalla Mason, of Grafton, N. H., who sur- 
viv'ed him with one daughter, Sarah Under- 
wood Kimball. Mother and daughter are now 
residents of Hopkinton, the latter being the 
present librarian of the Hopkinton P'lee Li- 

When a young man, John .Shackford Kim- 
ball went to Concord and worked in a bakery. 
Afterward he entered Hill & Sherburne's print 
ing-odRce, and there learned book and job print- 
ing. \\'hile yet new in this occupation, he 
gained considerable fame as a card printer by 
the introduction of enamel work. Li his school 
life at New Hampton, N. H., he was an asso- 

ciate of the Hon. J(jhn Wentworth, and was 
one of the founders of the .Social l*'raternity 
Library. He was clerk in the old Franklin 
book store in Concord for a time, and was 
a.ssociated in the printing business with his 
brother Perkins. 

From Concord he went to New i Liven, 
Conn. Later he was for three years a night 
clerk in the loost-office at Portland, Me. 
While there he read law with District Attor- 
ney Haynes. Afterward he took the law 
course at Llarvard College, and was associated 
in practice with the noted Robert S. Rantoul, 
of l^oston. Li 1S38 he went to Burlington, 
la., where his youngest brother, Jo.seph, was 
conducting a general store in company with 
Xathaniel Chase from Warner, \. H. Mr. 
Chase soon dying, Mr. Kimball bought out 
the hitter's interest in the business; and he 
and Joseph were partners till the latter's 
death. The firm then became J. S. Kimball 
& Co., the company being his brother-in-law, 
.S. B. Wright, whose wife still resides there. 
.Shortly after starting the business, prompted 
to the step by his failing health, he retired 
from the legal profession, and came East in the 
capacity of buyer for the firm. The sales of 
the firm in the course of time increased from 
eight or nine thousand dollars a year to more 
than one million dollars, this being the largest 
business of the kind in the State. In 1S63 
the business cleared above all expenses one 
hundred and ten thousand dollars ujion an in- 
vestment of three hundred thousand dollars. 
Li 1864 quarters were secured in Chicago, 
but owing to Mr. Kimball's ill health nothing 
was done there. He, however, outlived all 
the partners he ever had e.xcept Mr. Wyman, 
formerly a clerk of the firm, and Krastus 
Chamberlain, who was sent to the firm from 
Massachusetts. The former is now the head 
of the great firm of Wyman, Rand & Co. In 



iS66 RFr. Kimball sukl out to \Villi:)m I^cll, 
a Scotchman, and retired from the business. 
In 1854 he ]uirchased a summer residence at 
Hopkinton, which has since become his per- 
manent home; but his business interests were 
still with the Burlington firm. He spent 
much time in Boston, especially during the 
winter. Another of his associates in the law 
business was General N. P. Banks, who had 
been one of his fellow-students. His services 
in the legislature were mainly on the Judiciary 
and Banking Committees. Me was an able, 
persistent, and forcible speaker. He was a 
careful student, was well read in history, and 
had attained considerable knowledge of Ger- 
man, so that in his later life he was able to 
undertake translations from the German. He 
paid a bounty to the first ten men who enlisted 
in H()i)kinton, besides advancing the money 
for the State bounty. 

Mr. Kimball married Mary E. Stevens, 
daughter of Dr. John Stevens, of Goffstown, 
N. H., afterward a noted physician of Charles- 
town and Boston. She was brought up in Bos- 
ton and was married there. 'The children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Kimball are: John Stevens, 
Robert Rantoul, George Alexander, Mary 
Grace, and Kate Pearl. Both daughters are 
unmarried and reside with their mother in 
llcipkinton. Mr. Kimball contributed liber- 
ally to all the churches, while he hatl no pro- 
fessed creed. He did much to assist in 
local developments, and was most active in all 
progressive movements. His burial i^lace is 
in Forest Hills Cemetery, ]5oston, Mass. 

LjI.IAS \V. I'lKl-:, of (loshen, an e.\-mem- 

[/' ber of the New liampshire legislature 

and a veteran (jf the Civil War, was 

born in this town, October 12, 1838, son ot 

Wilson S. and Julia G. (Martin) Pike. His 

grandfather, Jarvis Pike, who resitled in New- 
port, N. H., was a prosperous farmer. 

Wilson S. Pike, who was reared to farm life 
in Newport, removed when about twenty-one 
years old to Goshen, where he was engaged 
in agricultural pursuits for the greater part 
of his active period, and died in Septem- 
ber, 1866. The maiden name of his first 
wife was Harriett Currier. Her five chil- 
dren by him were: Mary, now the widow of 
Ezekiel Bates, late of Cohasset, Mass. ; Ma- 
hala, the widow of James Homer, who was for- 
merly in the livery business in Boston; Lo- 
dema, the wife of William Morgan, a retired 
jeweller of Providence, R.I.; Julia, who died 
in 1849; and Cyrus F., born in 1833, who 
died at the age of twenty-two years. Wilson 
S. Pike's second marriage was contracted with 
Julia G. Martin, of Alexandria, N. H., who 
became the mother of eight children. These 
were: Elias W., the subject of this sketch; 
William Henry; Martha, I^zra G., Harriet, 
and James Homer, who are deceased ; Ruth 
G., the wife of Eben A. Purington, a prosper- 
ous farmer and a Selectman of Goshen ; and 
Ezra G. (second), who married Emma L. 
Purington, and is engaged in agricultural i)ur- 
suits in this town. Mrs. Wilson S. Pike is 
still living, and resides in Goshen. 

l^lias W. Pike was educated in the tlistrict 
schools and at the New London Academy. 
He was engaged in farming until October 15, 
1862, when he joined Company F, Si.xteenth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, under 
Colonel James Pike and Cajitain James Woods. 
He served in the Dejiartment of the Gulf upon 
the lower Mississijipi during the late war, and 
contracted a severe illness that necessitated 
his discharge on August 20, 1863. After his 
return home he settled upon a farm located in 
the western ])art of this town, and was there 
engaged in agriculture until November 20, 



lS(>.|, wln'ii he |uiicli;iseil his present l;irni al 
Mill X'ilhi^c. ( )m this inupcrly, wliicli con- 
tains one lunuirud antl twunty acres of land, ho 
carries on general farming and ilairying, raising 
considerable poultry; and he makes a specialty 
(if dealing in cattle. In politics he supiiorts 
the Republican party. ills record in the pub- 
lic service is one of which he has every reason 
to be [)rou(l. l'"or eight years he was a mem- 
ber of the ISoard of Selectmen, and he was its 
Chairman for four years of that time. He has 
also served as Town Treasurer, Collector of 
Ta.ves, and member of the .School Hoard ; and 
he was Postmaster for some time and Census 
I'jiumerator in 1880 and 1890. As a member 
of the House of Representatives in 1887 and 
i.SSS he made himself conspicuous by his 
able committee work and the zeal with which 
he labored for the best interests of the State. 
On July 3, 1859, iMr. I'ike wedded Mary 1-". 
I'urington. She was born in Coshen, I'^ebru- 
ary 6, 1843, daughter of Imri and Mary (I. ear) 
I'urington, natives respectively of Ilenniker, 
N.I I., antl Goshen. Imri I'urington settled 
upon a farm in Goshen, where he resided imtil 
his death, which occurred aliout the j'ear 1S91. 
Mrs. Pike's mother died within the same year. 
They were the [larents of four chiklren, 
namely: Mary V., now Mrs. I'ike; H. Jennie, 
the wife of E. II. Carr, a livery man of New- 
port, N.H. ; I'.ugene I., who married Luella J. 
Greggs, and resides in this town; and Emma 
L. , Eugene's twin sister, who married I^zra G. 
Pike, of Goshen. Mr. and Mrs. Pike have 
had eight children — Dora M., Etta F. , Ered 
W. , Sherman L. , Jennie L., Hatch C. , Harry 
I'"., and Josephine 15. Dora M. is the wife of 
W. O. Sides, 2d, a letter-carrier in Ports- 
mouth, N. II. ; l^tta E. married P'rank W. 
Haker, of Goshen, and dietl A[)ril [5, 1881, 
leaving one son — Ered W. ; l-'red W. Pike, 
who is a prosperous farmer of this town. 

wedded Mary J. Oakes, (jf Vermont, and has 
one son — Howard E. , born July 31, 1893. 
.Sherman I,., who is operating a grist-mill in 
New'ijort, N. H., married Jkrtha J. Rii.«sell, 
of Goshen, and has two children — Bernard T. 
and Gladys E. Jennie E. is the wife of ]'.r 
nest H. Hurd, of Lynn, Mass., and has one 
son, Harry !•;. Harry E. Pike and Hatch 
were twins. The former is a shoemaker 
in Portsmouth, N.H. Hatch C. and Jo.scph- 
iiie ]}. are residing at home. Mr. Pike, Sr. , 
is Master of Pomona Grange, of Sullivan 
County, and is connected with Sunapce Moun- 
tain Grange, No. 144, of Mill Village. He 
takes a loyal interest in the general welfare of 
the community. Both he and Mrs. Pike are 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church. 


^OIIX W. .STAPI.i:S, M.D., a punm- 
nent physician of Eranklin Falls, 
N.H., and a native of Wells, Me., was 
born January 25, 1855. His parents, John 
and Ann (Wells) Staples, also natives of 
Wells, belonged to families that had lived in 
that town for a number of generations. John 
Staples, who was a farmer, spent his life in 
the jilace of his birth, and died in 1879. His 
wife had died in 1^77. They had four chil- 
dren, one of whom died in infancy. The 
others were: Albert, who tlieil when nine 
years old; Moses, a farmer in Wells; and 
John W., the subject of this article. 

John W. Staples received his early education 
by attending the district schools in the winter 
season. In the summer he worked on the 
farm. He afterward went for two terms to 
])rivate schools; and when fifteen years old he 
entered South Berwick Academy in Maine, 
graduating in the class of 1872. On leaving 
the academy, he became a student of Dart- 
mouth College, and there graduated in 1S76. 



Then lie took the medical course at Vermont 
University, where he remained until iSSo, re- 
ceiving his degree when twenty-five years old. 
In that year he began practice in Franklin 
Falls, where he has since been located. He 
has also an office in Tilton, N. H. 

The Doctor was married January 25, 1882, 
to Miss Martha L. Kimball, daughter of FLzra 
S. and Klizabeth (Colburn) Kimball, both of 
Haverhill, N. H. They have one child — 
Charles Wells, born August 29, 1884, who is 
at home. Dr. .Staples has an excellent prac- 
tice in the village, and sufficient patients in 
Tilton to occupy about two or three hours each 
day. He has been a member of the School 
Board for six years, and he has also served 
acceptably for several years on the Board of 
Health. He is a Republican in politics, and 
both he and his wife are members of the Uni- 
tarian .Society. He has been sLiccessfu) in life, 
and is higjil)' regarded in the community. 

ENRY M. BAKER, of Bow, Merri- 
mack County, lawyer and Congress- 
man, and son of Aaron VVhittemore 
and Nancy (Dustin) Baker, was born in Bow, 
January 11, 1S41. He comes of patriotic and 
heroic ancestry. His great-great-grandfather. 
Captain Joseph Baker, a Colonial surveyor, 
married Ifannali, only daughter of Captain 
John Lo\cwell, the famous Indian fighter, who 
was killed in the battle of I'igwacket, May 8, 
1725. A few years later the township of Sun- 
cook, or Lovewell's town, which included 
much of the present town of Pembroke, was 
granted by Massachusetts to the surviving par- 
ticipants and the heirs of tiiosc killed in that 
battle. As its boundaries contiicted with 
those of the town of Bow, chartered May 10, 
1727, by Governor Wentworth, of New Hamp- 
shire, the grantees never received the full 

benefits of the grant. The resulting conten- 
tion was terminated December 13, 1804, when 
that part of Bow east of the Merrimac River 
was annexed to Pembroke and Concord. The 
Colonial heroine, Hannah Dustin, was a 
maternal ancestor of Henry M. Baker. 
Another maternal relative was Walter Bryant, 
who surveyed many of the townships and the 
eastern boundary of the State, and was ]jromi- 
nent in Colonial affairs. 

Captain Baker's son, Joseph, married a de- 
scendant of one of the Scotch Covenanters, 
and settled in Bow. He was among the first 
to locate there, and the acres he cleared and 
cultivated are a part of the family homestead. 
He was a soldier in the Revolution and a man 
of energy and influence. James Baker, son of 
Joseph, married a grand-daughter of the Rev. 
Aaron Whittemore, the first clergyman settled 
in Pembroke. Of their six children Aaron 
Wiiittemore Baker was the eldest. When liis 
father died from injuries accidentally re- 
ceived, he was only twelve years old, an early 
age to take up the burden of life. However, 
resolutely meeting the responsibilities he 
could not escape, and with the aid of his 
mother, he managed so that the younger ciiil- 
dren were well educated, and the farm was 
successfully cultivated. He was a man of 
sterling integrity, of advanced thought, a 
bitter opponent of slavery, an ardent advocate 
of temperance, and the friend of the friend- 
less. His wife, Nancy Dustin Baker, a lady 
of high character, sweet disposition, and great 
talent, was generally beloved. Of their chil- 
dren the only other survivor is John B. Baker, 
of Bow, a member of the legislature of 1897. 

Tile Hon. Henry M. Baker attended liie 
schools of his native town, the academies in 
Pembroke and Hopkinton, the New IIam])shire 
Conference Seminary at Tilloii, and Dart- 
mouth College, graduating from the last- 



iKimeil iiislitulinii in i.S^^. Three years later 
lie received Uie dei^i'ee ol Master ot Arts. 
Soon after graduation lie commenced tlie study 
of law under the direction of Judge Minot, of 
Concord. I-larly in i(S64hewa.s appointed to 
a clerkship in the War Uepai'tmenl at Wash- 
ington, D.C., and a few montiis later, at his 
request, was transferred to the Treasury JJe- 
partment, where he filled different positions of 
trust and responsibility for several years. 
During this time he continued his law studies, 
and, having entered the law department of the 
Ciilunihian University, gratluated as Jiachelor 
of in 1866, and was admitted to the liar 
of the Supreme Court of the District of 
Columbia. In i.SiS2 he was admitted to prac- 
tice in the Suiireme Court of the United 
States. For several years he practised his 
profession at the seat of national government, 
where he soon obtained a large clientage, and 
was engaged in many important cases. His 
practice was varied, rei|uiring close applica- 
tion to details and a knowledge of many sub- 
jects nut included in the ordinary course of 
professional work. 

The sons of the Granite State are noted for 
their love of home and for attachment to the 
hills, valleys, lakes, and ri\'ers which make 
that State so picturesc]ue and beautiful. 
Wherever they roam, or however long absent, 
they turn with loving devotion to the old 
homesteads, and greet with equal joy old 
friends and accustomed scenes. Though nec- 
essarily absent for months at a time in a 
period of several years, Mr. ]5aker has never 
ceased to be a resident of his native town; and 
no year has passed without a visit to the old 
home, to mingle with his neighbors and 
friends and enjoy its pinx' air and beautiful 
scenery. He has always been an aggressive 
Rc])ublican, and every general election has 
fountl him at the polls. No demand has been 

made for iiis aid or services that he has not 
promptly met. As a campaigner he has few 
superiors. No eflicient plan for the develop- 
ment of our material, social, educational, 
political, or religious interests or reputation is 
without his approval or hearty co-operation. 
No son of New Hampshire is more jealous of 
her good name and high standing in all that 
constitutes a worthy commonwealth than Mr. 
Haker. At every ojiportunity he has been 
earnest in his advocacy of State aid to her 
public libraries, institutions of learning and 
of charity, ami for the preservation of her his- 
torical records and objects of patriotic interest. 
In 1886-87 Mr. Baker was Judge Advocate 
General of our National Guard, with the rank 
of Brigadier-general. He was nominated in 
the Merrimack District by acclamation as the 
candidate of his party for the State Senate in 
1890. It was close fighting-ground ; for in the 
two preceding elections there had been no 
choice by the people, and in the last election 
the Democratic candidate had received a plu- 
rality. Cieneral Baker took personal charge 
of his campaign, and won a great political 
victory, running largely ahead of the general 
ticket. While in his district the Repul)lican 
candiilate for governor had a plurality of only 
seventy-si.x votes, he received a plurality of 
one hundred and fifty and a majority of 
seventy-five votes. At the same time his 
energetic canvass contributed greatly to the 
general success of his party, and its control of 
the legislature that year was largely due to 
him. In the Senate he was Chairman of the 
Judiciary Committee, a member of several 
other important committees, and the Chairman 
of the Joint Special Committee on the Revis- 
ion, Codification, and Amendment of the 
I'ublic Statutes of the State. He took an 
active part in all the proceedings of the ses- 
sion, became the Republican leader, and was 



recognized as a forceful and logical debater, 
well informed upon all public questions. 

General Baker was elected Representative 
in Congress from the Second District in 1S92 
by a good plurality, reversing the Democratic 
victory in the preceding election. In 1894 he 
was re-elected by a plurality more than four- 
teen times greater than that of 1892. In 
the Fifty-third Congress he was assigned to 
the Committees on Agriculture and on the 
Militia. In the ne.xt Congress he was a mem- 
ber of the Committees on the Judiciary and on 
the Election of President, Vice-President, and 
Representatives in Congress. He was active 
and faithful in committee work, and was 
Chairman of one of the standing subcommit- 
tees of the Judiciary Committee. Several 
important matters were reported by him. 

His principal speeches in Congress were 
made in opposition to the repeal of the Federal 
election laws, on the Methods of Accounting 
in the Treasury Department, in favor of the 
Purchase and Distribution to the Farmers of 
the Country of Rare and Valuable Agricult- 
ural and Horticultural Seeds, on the Tariff, 
on Protection not Hostile to Exportation, on 
the Necessity of Adequate Coast Defences, on 
the Criminal Jurisdiction of the United States 
Suijreme Court, and on Civil Service Reform. 
Several of these speeches were printed in 
pamphlet form, and many thousand copies of 
them were distributed. Mr. Baker was a fre- 
quent participator in the general discussions 
of the House, and the Congressional Record 
shows his views upon every important subject 
of recent national legislation. He was not 
again a candidate for re-election. 

General Baker has been heard upon the 
stump frequently, and is active wherever he 
can aid his party. His campaign speeches are 
distinguished for fairness, the entire absence 
of abuse, and for a clear and vigorous pres- 

entation of the policy and platform of the 
several parties. He is a member of the New 
Hampshire Club, and has spoken before it on 
several occasions in advocacy of the educa- 
tional, historical, and business interests of our 
State. His remarks in favor of the substitu- 
tion of silver or silver certificates for the 
United States and Treasury notes now in cir- 
culation, but to be cancelled as silver or silver 
certificates are issued, were printed, and 
attracted considerable attention. In religion 
he is a Unitarian. He is a Mason, a Knight 
Templar, and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. 
He has made valuable contributions to the New 
Hampshire Historical Society, of which he is 
a member, and has established prizes in Dart- 
mouth College. He has been an extensive 
traveller in America and liurope, and a close 
student and keen observer. An independent 
thinker, he investigates every subject upon 
which he is called to speak or to act. He is 
a good organizer, is not discouraged by opposi- 
tion, and possesses high executive ability. 
He has achieved no success he has not earned. 

OHN TYLER was well known in 
Claremont as an inventor and builder. 
He was a son of John Tyler and a 
grandson of Benjamin Tyler, both eminent 
mechanics. Benjamin, who settled in Clare- 
mont in the spring of 1776, built the first dam 
across the Sugar River at West Claremont, 
and was for many years one of the most public- 
spirited men in town. The History of Clare- 
mont gives the following facts concerning his 
grandson : — 

"John Tyler was born in Claremont, March 
26, 1818. He learned the trade of mill- 
wright, serving an apprenticeship of seven 
years, and was then for eight years foreman of 
the shop where he learned his trade in Barre, 




V't. He went to West Lebanon in i.S'50, and 
for several years did a large Inisincss in biiild- 
\\-\y; mills, sometimes employing fifty men. 
lie returned to Clareniont in 1S72, where he 
has sinee resided. lie was engineer and 
superintendenl in building the Sugar Kiver 
|)a|)er-mill, and was a |iiincipal stockholder 
and the President ot the comiiany. 

"Mr. Tyler is the inventor of the Tyler 
tuibine water-wheel, which he had patented 
in 1S56, and which he manufactured for many 
years. Ifis was the first iron water-wheel 
made, and nine different patents were subse- 
ipiently granted him foi- improvements u|)on it. 
These wheels found their way all o\er the 
country, some of them also finding their way 
abroad ; and for years they were considered the 
best turbine wheels manufactured, this fact 
being thoroughly developed some years ago by 
a comparative and competitive test of the 
])rodncts of other makers of similar wheels. 
He was also the inventor and ])atentee of 
Tyler's copper cylinder washer for washing 
l)aper stock. In 1S74 he built the reservoir 
known as the Bible Hill Aqueduct, which 
su]iplies over two hundred families in Clare- 
niont village with ]nirc fresh spring water for 
household pui|)oses. He w